“Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight oh Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
I find it interesting that this Psalm begs acceptance of not only the words coming out, but the thoughts and impressions creating those words. Jesus said to a crowd, “there is nothing outside the man which can defile him if it goes into him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man … For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts …” (From Mark 7:15 and 21. In context.)
God’s Word clearly teaches that our mouths are tools of our hearts. If our hearts are spoiled, our message will also be spoiled. The fear, self-absorption, vanity, greed, rebellion, coveting, deception, manipulation, etc. will all show. On display for anyone truly listening.
A large section of Proverbs 26 testifies to that truth:
20For lack of wood the fire goes out, And where there is no whisperer, contention quiets down.
21Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to kindle strife.
22The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.
23Like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross Are burning lips and a wicked heart.
24He who hates disguises it with his lips, But he lays up deceit in his heart.
25When he speaks graciously, do not believe him, For there are seven abominations in his heart.
26Though his hatred covers itself with guile, His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly.
27He who digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone, it will come back on him.
28A lying tongue hates those it crushes, And a flattering mouth works ruin.
These verses contend that trouble makers – gossips and strife-stirrers – are haters (24) Their deceit comes from their hearts, disguised by gracious words (25) guile (26) and flattery (28). But the wicked heart will be revealed (26-27)
So may my heart and mind be guarded in Christ Jesus. Ph. 4:7. May He be glorified in all I do and say. May my tongue be the pen of a ready writer. (Ps. 24:1)
Praise God that we live in a country where the words of my mouth can be offered as a sacrifice to my God. Where I can sing His praises (whether or not I have the voice to do so) without fear of repercussions. I can’t take that freedom for granted. Speaking the name of Jesus is certain death in some places. How blessed to live in a nation where He can be exalted.
Let His people proclaim His name. May we not shrink from the pressure of neighbors, friends, or even media.
Ain’t no rock gonna praise Jesus in my place!
I was inspired by a call from Billy Graham’s daughter, Anne, to spend the first 7 days of July in prayer for the United States. Her article is here. I hope you will join me in this challenge. Anne writes:
Pray! in the 7th month, July
Pray! on each of the first 7 days of July
Pray! and fast on July 7th for 7 hours
Our country so desperately needs to return to God. “Protect Your people, Oh Lord.”