I remember being in awe the first time I saw a giraffe’s tongue. I had been to the zoo several times, and never really saw any tongue action until the one day we visited the Wild Animal park. I couldn’t believe how long it was, I mean sure, he’s tall to reach the tree leaves, but then out slipped this “muscle organ” magnificent enough to leave Gene Simmons and Miley Cryus with tongue envy. Sorry, giraffes were the originals to trademark “The tongue.”
Wow! About 20 inches! So neener-neener-neener.
And until this moment, looking at giraffe pictures, I never realized the giraffe snout /muzzle area is so hairy. Almost hairy enough to grow a goatee. A giraffe goatee, now that’s a hilarious image. He might need to do a Schick commercial and shave his mustache. You can’t see it in this particular photo, but there are other close up images that – WHOA!
So, why am I thinking of giraffes this morning, a second post in a row on animals? Well, in my quiet time, I’m studying PSALM 34:
13 Keep your tongue from evil,
And your lips from speaking deceit
Psalm 34:13 Keep your tongue: Again and Again in The Bible, it is our mouth that shows our true relationship to God (See Job 5:21, Psalm 120:2, Isiah 6:5, and James 3:5)
And again, I laugh. Because all I can think about is the giraffe’s tongue. Could you imagine having one as a pet, and it coming to lick you in the face? Okay, okay…
One of my favorite places to visit, is the Bible Hub, that provides commentaries from various individuals. I tend to understand Barnes Notes the best, and here is a snip on this verse, explaining a little more:
Barnes' Notes on the Bible Keep thy tongue from evil - From speaking wrong things. Always give utterance to truth, and truth alone. The meaning is, that this is one of the methods of lengthening out life. To love the truth; to speak the truth; to avoid all falsehood, slander, and deceit, will contribute to this, or will be a means which will tend to prolong life, and to make it happy. And thy lips from speaking guile - Deceit. Do not "deceive" others by your words. Do not make any statements which are not true, or any promises which you cannot and will not keep. Do not flatter others; and do not give utterance to slander. Be a man characterized by the love of truth: and let all your words convey truth, and truth only. It cannot be doubted that this, like all other virtues, would tend to lengthen life, and to make it prosperous and peaceful. There is no vice which does not tend to abridge human life, as there is no virtue which does not tend to lengthen it. But probably the specific idea here is, that the way to avoid the hostility of other people, and to secure their favor and friendship, is to deal with them truly, and thus to live in peace with them. It is true, also, that God will bless a life of virtue and uprightness, and though there is no absolute certainty that anyone, however virtuous he may be, may not be cut off in early life, yet it is also true that, other things being equal, a man of truth and integrity will be more likely to live long - (as he will be more certain to make the most of life) - than one who is false and corrupt.
So tell the truth. Okay. And I’m sure some of you are thinking…cue in Lynyrd Skynyrd – So, don’t ask me no questions / And I won’t tell you no lies. #keepitreal guys