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09/22/2008

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"May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer" (Ps 19:14).

In completing a series of devotionals from the nineteenth Psalm, we come to the last verse. In this Psalm, David began by giving praise to the Lord for the wonder of His great creation. Then he gave more praise to the Lord for the Word, and its importance in his life. David completes the Psalm with a simple, yet poignant prayer. "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer.

Just what is this short prayer about? It appears to me that he is asking God to control his life. He wanted God to control his life both inside and out. David knew, and we ought to also, that the words that come out of our mouths are manifestations of what is going on inside of us. In order for our words to be what God would want them to be, (kind, gentle, loving, encouraging, comforting, and wise) something good must be going on inside of us. We don't want our speech to drive people from God, but to draw them nearer. David wanted his words to be "pleasing in your sight."

He goes on however. Not just the words but "the meditations of my heart." Others are affected by the words from our mouths, but cannot see the meditations of our hearts....GOD CAN!!! What David knew and what we must know also is the words the come out of our mouth are controlled by the meditations of our heart. So it was David's prayer that God would have control over that part of his life too. It should be our prayer also. Jesus said in Matt. 12:34, ""For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks." We want that "overflow" to be things that are of a kind nature, not of a hurtful one. This can only happen if we allow God to be in control. As Paul is wrapping up the letter to the Philippians, in 4:8, he gives us a little help. "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable----if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--- think about such things."

As we go about our day today, lets all allow the words of our mouth be reflections of the meditations of our heart. Pray for it....

Have a great beginning to your week...Let your light shine for Him....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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