When I was reading this verse in my Bible, the words seemed really familiar to me.
It seems that a pastor of a church I attended used to say something very similar when he prayed, just prior to preaching his sermon.
May the words from my mouth and the thoughts from my heart
be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my defender. Psalm 19:14 GW
Most of us have been taught to say only things that build people up and not run them down. What’s the phrase? “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”
We’ve also been taught to think the best of people.
And some of us have spouses or siblings who remind us of these things.
I hope my words and thoughts please you.
Lord, you are my Rock, the one who saves me. Psalm 19:14 NCV
As I was reading the verse, I thought, “Yes, I want to speak and think in such a way that God is pleased.”
Yesterday, I was finishing up a project. My husband asked me how I was doing….how my project was going, essentially. I said, “Okay.” And then I went on to tell him how I didn’t feel good about it. It’s the same with everything I create, or project I work on, I second guess myself. I try to do my best, but find that I am super critical of my work.
My friend asked me how my photos of the project came out and I responded in a stammering fashion….”They could be better.”
Do you see what’s going on here? The true reality is that I am blessed with abilities to do those things within my graces and gifts fairly well. Yet, when I declare something different from the truth, I am in effect, not pleasing the Lord. Actually, what I am doing is quite the opposite. I am dishonoring God.
May the words that come out of my mouth and the musings of my heart
meet with Your gracious approval,
O Eternal, my Rock,
O Eternal, my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 The Voice
Generally when we read this verse we think about this in more of a context of prayer. That God would approve.
Instead….I’m thinking that this verse could be one that we put in front of ourselves each day as we start our day. A reminder to honor God with our thoughts and speech. A reminder to start the day with our hearts in the right place….humbly before our God surrendering ourselves to him.
For me, this is an area that needs some attention.
How about you?
It’s Joy Day!
The day when we look back over our past week and count.
Count the good and the not so good. Just seven.
And we give thanks for it. All of it.
I’m grateful God for…
- a roof over my head.
- this blog.
- the improved health of my little kitty.
- a good forecast for our road trip.
- all you have done in my friend’s life to help her be an overcomer.
- giving me second, and third, and fourth….do-overs.
- knowing that winter in the world and in my life is just a season and spring is coming.
Now it’s your turn!
Scroll down to the “Share your Extraordinary Thoughts” box below and tap in your ‘seven.’
When you do, you’ll find the corners of your mouth turn up and the joy meter in your spirit rise.
It’s a good thing.
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