Monday, July 18, 2011

I Want to be Deaf & Dumb

I don't usually do this but I read something during Bible devotion time today that really struck a cord in me. The kids and I have been reading through the Psalms of David. We happened to be on chapter 38 today and while we were reading through the chapter verses, 12-14 just popped right off the page!
"12 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long. 13 But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.14 Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs."

That is amazing to me! Obviously David wasn't the most perfect man in the Bible but he was wise about one thing. He kept his mouth shut at a time when most people wouldn't have. He even went further not to even listen to what people were saying about him.

David had people out to get him. They were laying traps for him to fall into, talking mischievous things about him and imagining all kinds of lies about him. I know David did some things he shouldn't have but now he's being wise and keeping his mouth shut. He said he was like a deaf man who could not hear and a dumb man that would speak no reproofs. WOW! Amazing! I don't know many people who can do that. He knew all this bad stuff was going on but he refused to hear it, listen to it or even entertain it. He behaved like a dumb man who could not speak. He didn't open his mouth. He didn't reprove anyone for all the wrong they were doing to him.

Instead of confronting the people slandering his name and meditating on it night and day, pondering how he could get back at them, he hoped in God, prayed and put his trust in HIM.

"15 For in thee, O LORD, do I hope : thou wilt hear , O Lord my God. 16 For I said , Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth , they magnify themselves against me. 17 For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me. 18 For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin. 19 But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong : and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied . 20 They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries ; because I follow the thing that good is. 21 Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me. 22 Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation"

Isn't that the way it should be. When people do us wrong we should just keep our mouths shut and talk to the Lord about it, put our trust in him to take care of the situation. Later on in the next chapters you see that God comes through for David. Things always work out when we do it God's way.

Other verses about keeping our mouths shut...

~Ps. 34:13~
~Pr. 13:3~
~Ja. 1:26~
~1 Pet. 3:10~


Michelle K. said...

Amen. There have been several times in my life the past few years that others say mean, hurtful, untrue things about me. I have wanted to say something and my prayer is always, "Lord, if it be your will for me to talk to them about it, please allow me the opportunity." It seems to be that whenever I never have the "opportunity" to do so, that the Lord works things out in a tremendous way without me doing a THING! I just love how AWEsome He is and how much He loves me. And more people could benefit from His blessings if they would "shut their mouths"! :)

Michelle - Blessed Mom of 4 said...

Hi Michelle
Great post, thanks for sharing it!
I don't think we know each other, but your blog looks fun and I will browse around some more to get to know you a little :) I don't remember emailing you, (although some days I can barely remember if I ate lunch or not!) so I think it must have been a different Michelle. Thanks for stopping by my blog!