THE WORDS OF THEIR MOUTH ARE DEEP WATERS - Proverbs On Wise Speech

The words of the mouth are deep waters and reveal a heart of pride or humility, can build up or destroy, bring life or death.

There is a story told of a king who asked his most trusted servant to bring him the most valuable object from within his kingdom.

What do you think the servant brought back?

The servant returned with a silver platter, and on it was a human tongue.

The king then asked his most trusted servant to bring him the most dangerous object in the kingdom.

What do you think the servant brought back?

He returned again with a human tongue.

Proverbs 18:21 tells us…

The tongue has the power of life and death…

Our words have far reaching significance. Much beyond what we ever expect them to have.

As we continue in our series in Proverbs this morning we are focusing on the proverbs regarding wise speech.

The words of the mouth are deep waters and reveal a heart of pride or humility, can build up or destroy, bring life or death.

Read…

Proverbs 11:9-12 Proverbs 12:14-25 Proverbs 15:1-8 Proverbs 18

THE WORDS OF THE MOUTH ARE DEEP WATERS

The words of the mouth are deep waters… Proverbs 18:4

Proverbs tells us that by the time your words come out of your mouth, they have travelled a great distance. Because our speech, our words, reveals our heart. The meaning in our words are not just surface deep, but can reflect the secret motives and aims of the person speaking them.

The words of the mouth are deep waters… Proverbs 18:4

Our words, according to Jesus, show the condition of our hearts.

You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.

Matthew 12:34–35

As one writer put it, the heart is the bank, the words are withdrawals out of that bank.

So, what are we depositing in the bank of our hearts?

Because what is in a person’s heart will be consciously or unconsciously expressed in their words.

As has been the message in Proverbs across our reading of it…

We need to be pursuing, seeking and receiving wisdom from God.

If we desire wisdom then we must…

  • treasure God’s Word.

  • Call out to God

  • Value God’s wisdom.

The words from the lips are the evidence of the condition of the heart. Words of the mouth come from deep waters.

It is not good enough to use the age-old excuse, “I’m tired”, or “I’m just worked up”, or I’m just stressed out.”. It is in just these situations that the condition of our heart is revealed.

What is the condition of your heart?

The words of our mouth are deep waters and reveal the condition of our heart.

Our words also…

REVEAL A HEART OF PRIDE OR HUMILITY

Our words can reveal a self-centred heart, a heart of pride…

Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. Proverbs 18:2

A desire to speak in monologue and not engage in dialogue.

A prideful person desires to speak and not listen. And as my mother use to say. God gave you two ears and 1 mouth, use them proportionately.

Our words can reveal an others-centred heart, a humble heart…

Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor. Proverbs 18:12

One of the key characteristics of wisdom humility.

As Ross shared with us from Proverbs 3.

Humility is entrusting the Lord as complete and exclusive director of your life.

Who’s in charge of my life?

If we are, then a heart of pride will grow – a foolish heart.

If God is, then a heart of humility will grow – a wise heart.

This is the constant contrast we see in Proverbs. Wise or foolish? Humility or Pride?

How do we grow a humble heart? Again, as we have heard a number of times in our learning in proverbs…

Fear the Lord!

As we fear the Lord, we gain wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.

A wisdom, knowledge and understanding that is more than intellectual knowing it is a way of knowing that floods one’s entire being and experience.

What do your words reflect about your heart? Pride or humility?