“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 19:14)
This is a powerful thought whether stated or prayed. Starting with the words of my mouth the psalmist paints a wonderful picture. Can we measure up? What kind of words comes out of our mouth? Positive words or negative? Hurtful or helpful? Defaming or lifting up? We use a lot of words in a day, and often we speak before we think. By practice, we have created a vocabulary of words that we use in our daily speech. Is our speech pure and seasoned with grace?
Meditation of the heart is another powerful consideration. Our hearts are open to God and every thought, whether instant or meditated is known to the Lord our God. The Bible says that Mary, the mother of Jesus, ponder things in her heart. She meditated. What do we think about? What is being pondered and what is being thought about deeply in our inner man? There are things of the world, and there are things of God. Which do we spend our meditation time on?
Do we linger over the word or over the television? Do we see the world around us or do we see God around us? The more we read the word and the more we see the works of God, the more we will meditate on things that are acceptable to God. Are we more concerned with pets than people, with sports than souls? Is our conversation filled with politics or pleas for Jesus? What are our words and what is our meditation?
Task for Today: Take stock. Think about the words you have used already today. Examine your meditation contents. How does it balance between God and the world? Put more season in your words, more spirit in your meditation.