I have a few scriptures that I will never forget. I still treasure them.
Psalm 39:2 was always important to me:
“My heart grew hot within me, and as I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue.”
Basically, David talks about how at times he was so upset that he could not speak. In fact, it would sometimes spiral him down into a kind of smoldering anger. But finally, after he meditated and figured out what the issue was, he could finally speak his mind and get the relief he longed for.
I’ve used this as a kind of spiritual guide. So, yesterday I was feeling really down. After I meditated on it for a while, I figured out what the issue was. I was angry! I was angry at the theologian John MacArthur for how he so smugly dismissed half a billion charismatics. I knew I had something to say but was holding back. I finally realized I had to suck it up and step up to the plate. So I spoke my mind and wrote this post. Now I already feel better. Relief!
You know about smoldering anger, don’t you? You know that the gag order has been lifted, don’t you? You’re allowed to speak your mind. You might feel better afterward.