In a southern cemetery, a certain epitaph on a grave stone reads, “Beneath this elm in the south, lies the busy body Aribella Routh, who on the 24th of May, Death stopped her mouth.”
The person must have been a prolific purveyor of verbal maliciousness for family to have had that little poem etched on Ms. Routh’s grave stone. It almost sounds as though the family was relieved that Ms. Routh was no longer around because of her apparent vitriolic mouth.
Bitter talkers can be a troublesome lot to others many times. At times, these make up their own versions of truth. These are great at innuendo. Their tongues are sharp and insensitive. While talkers quite often manifest themselves from various secular sources, it is the unfortunate reality that many people associated with the Church are critical talkers, too. That, especially, should not be.
The Psalmist refers to malicious talkers as those who “whet their tongue like a sword.” They “bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words,” he said. “They search out iniquities,” which is to say they look for dirt to associate with the righteous and innocent, then they take aim and fire away.
Evidently, the Psalmist had been a target of some extreme biased talkers. Nonetheless, he expressed abundant confidence that God will take care of the malicious talkers. After all, it is the human assumption that one can get by with anything they say because, as described by the Psalmist, they “lay their snares privily” and because they “shoot in secret at the perfect.”
Because of their hurtful talkative agendas, they feel God does not even know. But, God does know, and He will, oh, most certainly, take care of the verbal maligners. Hear what the Psalmist said, “But God shall shoot at them with an arrow. Suddenly, they shall be wounded.” The Psalmist also says that God will make what the talkers say come back on them.
The righteous and the innocent are encouraged in the fact that God will take care of the malicious talkers. “The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and shall trust in Him, and all the upright in heart shall glory.”
After all, God is in charge of the what-goes-around-comes-around issues.
The Rev. Ron Branch is pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Mason, W.Va.