14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.
The words that come out of our mouths can mean the difference between life and death according to Proverbs 18:21. If we really believe this is true then it is up to us to be extremely careful of the words that we speak. Many of us can remember being raised in an environment that promoted the ideology “Speak when you’re spoken to.” This was especially true for children who were encouraged to not speak out of turn, out of place or speak during inappropriate times. Similarly, the child of God should have as his/her mantra to speak when spoken through. What would happen if we only spoke when we were led by the Holy Spirit? Would our tongues only be used to edify and encourage and not for idle, worthless, chatter?
The psalmist wanted his words and his heart to be acceptable in the Lord’s sight. There are times when we are able to control our tongue, but what about the meditation of our hearts? I can attest that there were times when I truly wanted to put my two cents in a conversation and I was able to be quiet and not respond inappropriately. But what was I thinking? Were the thoughts and the meditation of my heart acceptable also? There is a direct correlation between what comes out of our mouths and what is in our hearts (out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks) but just because you don’t say what you really wanted to say doesn’t mean that you are not accountable for what is in your heart.
What then is the bottom line? There are many ways that we can use our mouths to edify the Lord. Times are tough right now for many people, a kind or encouraging word from you may be a help to someone. Use your mouth to speak positively. When you are faced with a negative situation or someone is speaking negatively, find a way to turn the negative into a positive. Regardless of how others are responding or reacting or speaking, ensure that your voice, even if it is the only one, is the voice that uplifts and doesn’t tear down, encourages and doesn’t discourage. Above all, ask the Father to help you in the area of your heart – that even the things that cross your mind or your heart are acceptable to Him. Know that none of this can be done unless you humble yourself under the Word of God and are being led daily by the Holy Spirit.
From this day forward, commit yourself to speak when you’re spoken through. Trust me, you will become contagious when you do, giving God all the glory and praise and speaking life into someone else in the process.
c/Candie A. Price