Day 4: Saturday, 9 March
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable and pleasing in Your sight,
O Lord, my [firm, immovable] rock and my Redeemer.
(A psalm by David for the music leader.)
Boney M sang it in By the waters of Babylon (otherwise based on Psalm 137); you may hear it before a preacher breaks forth into the sermon, sometimes with an inclusive tweak to include all our hearts. These words that bring this psalm to an end are not, however, just for pop-singers and preachers.
What I say is governed by what I think. I can only speak in words that are acceptable to God if their meaning and import flow from a godly heart and mind. It is possible for someone to think one thing and speak another. If I do that then I am not true to God and I am not true to myself. No amount of Christian words spoken will ever cover over the impure soul that lies deep within, nor can they in some way wash back to purify an impure heart.
Growth and maturity in Christian life come from spending time in the presence of God. Only by getting heart and soul right with God can your words and actions become acceptable to Him.
Let the words of my mouth reflect the meditations of my heart. Let my meditations be God-toward. How do we maintain a godly heart? By feeding ourselves with godly food. If you spend time in regular Bible reading and meditation then your heart will reflect Bible truth.
It may be a bit late for a preacher to hope that the sermon that’s been prepared will in any way be improved by speaking those words as a preface. They were never intended for this, as they refer not just to sermons but to every word that we utter. If we don’t wake up every day uttering these words, then perhaps we could remember them as we approach the congregation?!
In what situation do you find that your words or your thoughts are less than godly?
Father God, place a guard on my heart today. Let my thinking be about you and your nature, about my response to your great love for me in giving me Jesus. Let my mouth speak from a heart that has been broken and reformed from your Father-heart. Amen.
It’s not Boney M
Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. www.Lockman.org