May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14 NIV)
The average person speaks thousands of words each day. Some sources say tens of thousands.
Power to hurt or to heal, to embitter or to encourage, to cut down or to challenge to new heights, to blast or to bless, to hinder or to help, to plant hatred or portray love.
James 3:10 says, "Our of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers [and sisters], this should not be."
Let's make the words of David in Psalm 141:3 be the prayer of our hearts today. "Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips." May Paul's words to the church at Thessalonica inspire us to "Encourage one another and build each other up." (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV) Join me in striving to "Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord." (Hebrews 12:14 NIV)
Let's give Christ the POWER over the power of our words today!
I have to tell you. My heart quickens with a little beat of joy each morning as I get to my coffee maker. The aroma filling the room just makes me downright giddy. I choose one of my favorite mugs, pour that delightful libation, add a dab of sugar and a splish of skim milk and I'm one happy girl!
Now as I wait for it to brew...actually sometimes I can't help myself and thank the Lord for minds that invent those little stoppy things that allow impatient folks like me to interrupt the process...I switch on my local Christian radio station and get my praise on.
Which draws me to what my soul thirsts for.
My soul thirsts for God, the living God. Psalm 42:2
Whether we realize it or not, He has placed within us a thirst that only He can satisfy. It's there. Nothing else will truly quench it. I love the Psalm of David that reads:
O God, You are my God,
earnestly I seek You;
my soul thirsts for You,
in a dry and weary land
where there is no water.
I have seen You in the sanctuary
and beheld Your power and Your
Because Your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify You.
I will praise You as long as I live,
and in Your name I will lift up my
My soul will be satisfied as with the
richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will
Do you feel the thirst? Is there a longing within you that needs to be satisfied? Run to Him, my friend! As Jesus said, Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6.
I'm ready for that blessing!! Are you? It's right in His Word!