Use Your Words for Good!
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 ESV
Sir William Gurney Benham said, “Speaking without thinking is shooting without aiming.” His words can paint a vivid picture in your mind of what words, like bullets, can do when unleashed without forethought or strategy.
Words hold creative power. God’s faith-filled words brought the very world we live in into existence. The world was literally framed by the words He spoke (Hebrews 11:3). Made in God’s image, you have that same creative power residing within you – the power to hurt or heal, encourage or condemn, safeguard truth or foster lies or respond with indifference or love.
Long ago the Psalmist prayed the words reflected in our verse today: May my spoken words and unspoken thoughts be pleasing even to you, O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:14 TLB).
In the heat of the moment, or the excitement of conversation, we can be more concerned about what we’re going to say, than what is actually being said to us. This verse is key in communicating God’s love by truly working to consider each word carefully and thoughtfully in response to what others say and in agreement with God’s character and nature.
Use your words for good. Choosing to speak the truth in love makes you a creative force for good in this world.
Today’s One Thing
Ask God to help you control your tongue, taking charge of the words you speak. Make the Psalmist’s prayer your own by praying each day: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord.”