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Let The Words of Your Mouth Be Acceptable

Updated on August 22, 2019
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.

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Would you change your words if you knew that they would be judged by God? What you have just read is a prayer. It is a short prayer. It is so short that we can learn it rather quickly. The psalmist said, "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.” Here David asks God to approve his words and thoughts. We should pray this same prayer every day. We should ask God to approve our words when . . .

  • we speak when we greet one another.
  • we speak in general conversations.
  • we speak in giving directions.
  • we speak when in discussions.
  • we speak when we teach.
  • we speak when we preach.
  • we speak in debates..
  • we speak in arguments.
  • we speak in all forms of communications

Words are powerful! Words are so powerful that the entire world was made when God spoke the world into existence. God said, “Let there be light, and there was light." Throughout the first chapter of Genesis, we find these words: “And God said . . . And God said . . . And God said.” “And God said, ‘“Let us make man in our image.”’ Yes, God spoke us into being.

Then God spoke to the prophets and the prophets spoke to the people. Then God spoke to us through His Son Jesus Christ. Today God speaks through the Holy Spirit.

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Words Can Hurt

The words we speak not only can heal. The words we speak can also hurt. You have probably heard the childhood rhyme: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” Not so!

Sticks and stones can produce instant injury and pain. Words can produce an even worse and longer-lasting hurt. Words can’t break bones, but they can break hearts. Sticks and stones inflict wounds that usually heal in time, but words can go much deeper and cause pain that lasts a lifetime.

Such unkind words include some of the following:

  • “I hate you.”
  • “You are a failure.”
  • “You’re no good.” “
  • You’re never amount to anything.”

Those words do permanent damage; especially, if they are heard over and over again especially if they are heard from parents and other authority figures.

Some people have been so deeply wounded by the words others have spoken to them that they are unable to accept kind words from others. They fail in relationships. They fail at jobs. They fail at what they could have been doing had they not been cursed by unkind words.

Words Are Like Feathers in the Wind

Once unkind words are out of your mouth, those words cannot be put back. It is like one going to the top of a mountain on a windy day with a pillow made out of feathers. If you ripped that pillow apart and the feathers are released, there is absolutely no way you can pick up every feather and put it back into that pillow.

The feathers fly away with the wind, just as the words we speak. It is also like sending an e-mail to 500 subscribers, and just as you watch it go out into cyberspace, you see a mistake. You want to retrieve it, but it is too late . . . it is gone. It is the same as the words we speak. Once the words are out of our mouth, they cannot be taken back.

We ought to pray the prayer that the psalmist prayed.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)


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      9 years ago

      I will be speaking for the first time in my Christian Walk of 35 years to a Womens Group next month. The message the Lord gave me to speak on is "What's on Your Lips?" I have been gathering, studying and assembling my notes in the preparation of this powerful message of God. Your title speaks volumes to how I know the Lord wants us to speak to one another. Thanks

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      10 years ago from Richmond, VA

      heart4theword, your comment was very powerful. Thanks.

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      10 years ago from hub

      Thank you for the reminder! Hearing it and thinking about it, is different than seeing it? Something more bold about reading about our words in scripture. By the time it filters from our vision to our heart, we've had more time to think about the effects of our words. I do try to watch what and how I say things, yet we can always improve on speaking less...and hearing more:) Great Hub!

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      10 years ago

      Excellent! I am actually in the middle of writing my life testimony and a lot of what you write is in these writings of mine! Thank the Lord we could find true healing and freedom in Him!!!

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      10 years ago from Richmond, VA

      HAexpressions: Thanks for your comment!

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      10 years ago

      Great words of wisdom!

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      10 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks, Dave for reading and responding.

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      Dave Mathews 

      10 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Being a very blunt spoken person and speaking that which is on my mind, although I know it is not possible my mouth seems to speak things before i even think them.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      10 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Dr. Wendy, I am glad this article encouraged you. My prayer is that the words I speak and write will encourage someone. Thanks for letting me know my prayer for this particle article was answered even if no one else reads it. Continue to be encouraged!

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      Dr. Wendy 

      10 years ago from Kentucky

      The timing of this was good for me, though maybe in a different way. I wrote some words today that weren't too popular, but I know it is what God wanted me to say. You probably didn't even realize you were going to be encouraging me. Thank you!


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