These beautiful lazurite buttons were made by Faberge. They not only did the job of fastening one’s clothes but were a fashion statement as well, shouting to the world that one was part of the upper class. The earliest buttons were made of stone, flint or animal bone. They became more decorative by the 14th century as merchants were able to procure ivory, gold and precious stones from around the world. The buttons pictured here date back to the early 1900’s. That was also the time when the saying, “button your lip,” came to be. It was considered a polite way of telling someone to keep quiet!
Today’s verse is a prayer of David. He asks the Lord to keep his heart from being drawn towards evil. He also asks for help with what comes out of his mouth. In a sense he is asking God to help him button his lip. Without the Lord’s help to control our tongues, we can do tremendous damage to others. This small member of our bodies can act as a spark, setting on fire an entire forest (James 3:6).
The problem with what comes out of my mouth is that I cannot call it back. Those hurtful words just seem to hang in the air. My mouth get me in all kinds of trouble! What seems reasonable and necessary to say can wreak havoc on relationships. There is no way to erase or delete my hasty words. But with God’s help, I can stop those words from ever exiting my mouth. His power can give me control long enough to pause and measure my words.
Lord, thank you that with Your power I can button it!