Let The Words of My Mouth Be Acceptable
“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)
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.
The words we speak not only heal, but 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.” No so! Sticks and stones can produce instant injury and pain. But 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 words as “I hate you,” “You are a failure,” “You’re no good” “You’re never amount to anything.” These words do permanent damage; especially, if they are heard over and over again. And 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 any more. 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.
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 each 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 with the words we speak. Once the words are out of our mouth, they cannot be taken back.
We ought to pray with the psalmist “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.”
Read the companion article: Words Are Like Boomerang!
- Words Are Like Boomerangs
Oftentimes we impose curses upon ourselves by what we say. The words we speak are like boomerangs they come flying right back to strike us. Matthew 12:36-37 give a warning about the danger of the words we...