Tongues of Men and Angels

“The Lord has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary…”  – Isaiah 50:4

“…my tongue is the pen of a ready writer…”  – Psalm 45:1

The “Freudian slip” is named after the psychologist Sigmund Freud. A Freudian slip is when you mean one thing and say another. Freud had noted and analyzed numerous seemingly trivial, bizarre, or nonsensical errors and slips of the tongue which he concluded were linked to the unconscious mind. As has been observed, a Freudian slip is when you think one thing and say your mother… ooops, I mean another; or Freudian slips reveal the intention of the peeper…er speaker, much better than he or she intended to say.

It is really interesting how psychologists recognize a very similar world to that of the born-again Christian. Christian writers such as Paul talked about the composition of a man as being spirit, soul and body – or the spiritual man, the soulical man and the carnal man. By contrast, psychologists talk about the superego, the ego and the id. It is the same thing from a different viewpoint. The first is the viewpoint of the “sacred,” and the second the viewpoint of the “secular.”

But, as far as Christians are concerned, the psychologist’s “superego” is the eternal spirit man who at death returns to God who gave it. While to the secular psychologist, the superego is the higher man of the intellect, but a man who is ultimately purely physical “brain” and dies with the rest of the material man. To the Communist, man is matter in motion; to the Christian, man is a work in progress.

Christians experience a similar thing to the so-called Freudian slip; however, in the case of the Christian, the “slip” is linked to the indwelling Holy Spirit and not to the material and mental subconscious. To the Christian, this is a question of “now, where did that come from?” It is a revelation of the Spirit, and oftentimes we are not aware of it when it happens. Across the years, I have been amazed and amused at people who came to me and said, “I was so blessed by what you said to me the last time we met – can you repeat it?” Usually I cannot. On one occasion, I replied to a person’s description that it sounded so good I wish I had heard it myself.

When you have such an experience, God is using you as a human vessel to speak His word and convey His encouragement into another’s life. Such an experience should be very affirming to you. Think of it! You are being used by and of God. You are a vehicle of the Spirit’s blessing. And please note from the introductory scripture above that God gives you the tongue of the learned and not the brain of the learned. The gift of the Holy Spirit is tongues, not brains.

I had such an experience recently in response to some words I had been quickened to write on a Christmas card to our national director in the Philippines, and this was his response:

Dear Pastor John:

The Lord be with you. I received the very nice and wonderful Christmas card you and Patricia had sent me. The words that you penned on it were so uplifting and encouraging, they put fire in my heart to continue and to do more for Jesus. Thank you John, and may Our Lord Jesus Christ continue to bless and to use you for the advancement of His kingdom. I am looking forward to seeing you in 2012.


Remember that God’s word through you gives seed to the sower, bread to the eater and prospers in the thing that God purposes – which means it should be as big a blessing to you as it is to the person to whom it is sent.

By John G. Cathcart


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