by Dr. Gary S. Moore on 10/27/20
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. Proverbs 25:11
We read a lot in the scriptures about the power of words, and we are often warned of just how much damage can be done with the wrong words. We are advised to keep our tongue from evil; to avoid backbiting, to speak no lies and to refrain from flattering with our lips. We are also told that our words are as destructive as fire and as powerful as a whirlwind. Yes the scripture is filled with warnings about the way we use words. Here, however, we have one of the rare mentions of words in a positive light. The Psalmist reveals to us the beauty of words used rightly.
He writes of a word fitly spoken. I notice first the fact that word is singular. When we speak encouraging words; uplifting words, instructing words or praise worthy words, it doesn’t take a lot of words to make a powerful impact for good. One word spoken in the right place, at the right time and for the right purpose can do more good that a million words of flattery or deceit. These words may be few, but they are fitly spoken. I have a great friend in heaven now, Keith Johnson. He truly was a man of few words, but he was one of the best missionaries I ever worked with. He knew not only what to say, but how to say it. He rarely got angry, he was for the most part a soft spoken man, he could smile and speak a word of encouragement and that word would long be remembered. Keith knew how to choose his words wisely and use them sparingly, more often than not his words were perfect for the situation. Like apples of gold in pictures of silver, what a beautiful look that would be. Golden apples in a silver bowl, that would catch your eye for sure. Good words are beautiful beyond description. Today we have the opportunity to speak words of praise and offer songs of worship, those are words fitly spoken. Let’s lift up our voices together and offer beautiful words to the Lord our God. Then let’s leave this place and offer words fitly spoken throughout this coming week.