The tongue can mess you up with all of the flavors it can detect in the most delectable delights. Sometimes our walk with God develops with the ‘O taste and see . . .’ (Psalm 34:8) and becomes perverted by our own desires. Too often, we become focused upon a journey that may lead us down paths of material or fleshly pursuits. In other words, be careful when considering matters tasteful to the ‘spiritual palate’ but perhaps outside of the will of God for our lives. The Word, with the power of the Holy Spirit, should always be the foundation of what we believe and receive.
For instance, Eliphaz may not be the best candidate to reference as an authority on decrees over your life(Job 22:28). And, before using the most common ideas about the power of your tongue, see exactly what the most quoted word says in context with the body of a text. The New Living Translation helps: “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences,” (Proverbs 18:21). Remember, the tongue is not more powerful than one’s own will which usually helps determine what happens in a person’s life. Also, don’t forget that an unbridled tongue is dangerous without a commitment to serve the needs of others and avoid sin. Be careful what is spoken but never executed (on both good and bad issues) – James 1:26-27. Just like you talk your way into trouble, your ‘spiritual palate’ will have you entertaining nonspiritual and unbiblical pursuits. And the Holy Spirit will guide you according to the promises of Jesus in John 14-16.
Consider this: “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass” – Psalm 37:4-5 NKJV. Delighting in the Lord deliberately and definitively will work more in one’s favor than just speaking out decrees to name and claim what may or may not be in God’s plan for a person’s life. And remember, delights are determined by one’s appetite, rendering one delightful. This word is a real meal for the soul, when consumed (received) will render favor and blessing upon one’s life.
Finally, our delights weigh in heavily upon our commitments. Much of the time, a person’s inability to commit to causes of the church, the cross, or Jesus Himself is due to the lack of appeal for divine matters. Decreeing and declaring without serving and sacrifice is a problem. They seem to be spoken of most often when referencing desires, mostly of a material or fleshly nature. The desires of our hearts should always be measured by God’s purposes, plans, and consistent with His will for our lives. They should be our delight and our delicacies! And our decrees and declarations should be His and not ours!
Face it . . . failing to delight in Him without commitment, will leave one hungry with a desire for “. . . the sincere milk of the word” (I Peter 2:2 NKJV) and weak, needing strength for the journey.
“Delight yourself . . . commit your way . . . He shall bring it to pass!” – Psalm 37:4-5 NKJV