Psalm 64

“Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked … who whet their tongues like swords, who aim bitter words like arrows” (v2-3). The Bible speaks often of the power of words to encourage, build up, and strengthen, but also to discourage, tear down, and provoke fear (James 3).  The psalmist specifically asked for God to shield him from the destructive nature of the enemy’s words, trusting that God’s words and power are always victorious (v7-8).

We don’t have to pretend that “words are harmless.”  But God’s words to us of grace, love, and truth defeat every enemy, and we share in Christ’s victory.