"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, Lord, my rock and my Redeemer." Psalm 19:14 CSB
Yesterday, during Sunday school, I had an interesting conversation with my students. The conversation with my 5th and 6th graders was about how they would come to church and respect each other, and then they would walk out the church doors, walk across the street to the park, and act no differently than the rest of the world. They admitted to bad language, sometimes fighting, and making fun of others. While us readers may be slightly more mature, we deal with the same struggles just in a different way. What are our mouths and meditations like before we enter the church buildings, and how are they as soon as we exit the doors?
Brennan Manning once said that “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” This quote has quite a bit of truth to it, and honestly what it comes down to for all of us is not just a problem of biting our tongues, but it is a heart problem. When David wrote Psalm 19, He could have just stopped with “may the words of my mouth be acceptable”, however, he continued with addressing the meditation of his heart. Why did David do this? The answer is found in Luke 6:45 where Jesus says the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.
Our words are acceptable to God when our hearts are guarded. What are we thinking about? What are we meditating on? Is our focus on Scripture, or are we meditating for hours about our endless to do lists? Are we spending time in prayer, or are we spending time meditating in the fiery river of unforgiveness and hurt? Let’s be vigilant this week, sisters. Let’s make a conscious effort not only to let our words be acceptable to God, but the meditations of our hearts be as well.
God, I pray that You would convict me this week when my heart is turned towards anything other than things that are acceptable to You. I pray for conviction, I pray for awareness, and I pray that I am a shining example of You to others around me. I love You, Jesus. In Your precious name I pray, Amen.
Spend time this week in Luke 6:43-45. What does Jesus have to say about producing fruit? Where does the production begin?