Verse of the Day Devotion: Psalm 19:14
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14These are probably the two most difficult areas of our lives to control. When we lose control of our temper, we often speak things we would not normally say and think things that are not all that wholesome.
Often when there is stress or strife, we will say things we will regret later. In these times we lose control and just say whatever comes to mind. We do this out of hurt or extreme anger, and the results are most times not good. James puts it this way. “Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also, the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. or every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” James 3:4-8. The tongue can be used for good words or hurtful words. We must be careful what and how we say things, for many a friendship or ministry opportunity has been damaged or destroyed by a simple sentence said out of anger or conceit.
We must always also guard our hearts. The writer of Proverbs says it best. “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23. In other words, the things we think about and how we think about them, will affect the way we act. Think about it, we can say the same words to two different people, one we enjoy being around and another we would prefer not to fellowship with, and the inflexions and tones will be different. We must also understand that often, we do not know how we feel, and we can show a different attitude then what is true. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9. Our hearts can fool everyone, including ourselves. However, it cannot fool God.
As the psalmist writes, we must ask God to help us be loving in the words we say and how we say them. However, he adds, that we let the meditations of our hearts as well be loving. The former comes by way of the latter. If our hearts are filled with anger, hatred or conceit, it will be made known by what and how we speak. It is extremely hard to tame the heart and our mouths. Therefore, we must meditate on good, honorable and loving things, and allow only these things to come out in our words. And we must ask God to help us during difficult times, because they will come. And we must submit to God in all things, no matter what. And when we do, we will exhibit what is acceptable in the sight of God, our Rock and Redeemer.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.