“The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.”
One of the greatest weaknesses I see in people today is the lack of discernment to say what is supposed to be said at the right time, or to do what is supposed to be done, and when it is supposed to be done. Those who lack discernment find themselves always trying to fix things that they decided to do or apologizing for saying things they should not have said. This can be averted if a person has discernment.
The verse above says, “The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned…” This verse is talking about our Saviour and His ability to say what needed to be said at the right time. Jesus had the ability to say and do what needed to be said or done at the right time because of His discernment. Jesus’ discernment kept Him from going to places He needed to avoid, saying the right things at the right time to help people or to point out sin, and it helped Him to start and build the New Testament Baptist church so that it could reach the world with the Gospel.
The need for Christians to have the discernment of Christ so that they can have the “tongue of the learned” cannot be over emphasized. One must ask, how do you get the “tongue of the learned?” God shows us in the verse above when He says, “…he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.” The key to being able to have the “tongue of the learned” so that you can “speak a word in season to him that is weary” is to listen. In other words, discernment is a direct result of listening. The reason those who are discerning have that ability to know what to say or do at the right time is because they listen. My friend, listening gives you more discernment than speaking your mind. Listening gives you the ability to discern what to say or do if you will stop being rash with your responses to what people say or do. If you stop and give yourself time to hear the whole story or study the whole situation, you will find that God will give you the discernment needed to do the right thing.
Moreover, the “tongue of the learned” will never be obtained without wakening “morning by morning” and spending time in God’s Word to gain the wisdom you need for the day. One of the reasons you should study God’s Word in the morning instead of in the evening is so that you can gain the wisdom you need for that day. The Christian who becomes a student of God’s Word every morning finds themselves having the discernment to say and do the right thing throughout their day. God’s Word has the answer for your day and life, but you will never find those answers until you study them.
My friend, discernment is not a gift, but a direct result of listening before you respond and studying God’s Word before you start your day. The people who you have come across who seem to say the right thing all the time are the people who have learned to listen so that they can have the “tongue of the learned.” There is no secret to discernment. If you want to be discerning in life, you need to slow yourself down and stop reacting. Slow down so that you can give yourself time to study the situations of life through the spectacles of God’s Word. If you are going to be a help to the weary, you are going to have to have be discerning.