“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
I used to complain often. I didn’t hear myself most times and sadly, complaining became my first language. It wasn’t until one day one of my closest friends (several of my closest friends) pulled me to the side and told me about my unbearable habit. Do you find yourself complaining or saying things that might reflect a negative perspective?
I encourage you to use the passage from today’s devotion to help you with your words.
The only time I heard this passage was typically before a pastor or minister would preach. I never heard it or studied it outside of this context. This summer I used this passage as the theme for my message to a women’s group. I shared with the women that if we are going to be Gods “Wonder Women”, we need to be mindful of the words that come out of our mouths. It reminded me of Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit Theron”.
There’s a story in the Bible of a centurion who had a sick servant who asked Jesus to heal him. He believed that Jesus only had to “speak the word” and his servant would be healed (Matthew 8:8). The Bible also says in Matthew 15:11 that “What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”
Think about the key verse. Now think about some things you are asking God for or situations where you need God to act on your behalf.
What has your perspective been and what has your response been?
Have your words been acceptable or have you spoken negatively?
Dear Lord help me to change my perspective on the issues of life. Forgive me for the times that my words have negated my faith. Help me to trust you fully and to represent you well. Help me to bring honor to your name with the words that come out of my mouth. I love you and I thank you. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.