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The Words of My Mouth

The Words of My Mouth

 "May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer." Psalm 19:14

Many pastors that I have listened to over the years have started their sermons using the words above as a prayer before they begin. I would think that they are praying that God will be pleased with the sermon they are about to preach. As a Lay Speaker, I’m occasionally asked to share the Word with our congregations and I definitely pray that the words that I share will please God, and the congregation as well.

But we also need to be make sure that the words that come out of our mouths are pleasing to God even when we aren’t sharing His word.  I used to work at a job where several of the workers complained constantly about every little thing. It seemed almost like a habit to them.  But I can be just as guilty of that as they were. When something upsets me, or hurts me, I tend to complain or say things that I otherwise wouldn’t say.

When I was preparing this devotional on this passage for today, I remembered the story in the Bible about the centurion who had a sick servant and he asked Jesus to heal him.  He believed that Jesus only had to “speak the word” and his servant would be healed. (Matthew 8:8).  The centurion knew the power of words.

Matthew 15:11 says, “What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” 

I encourage you to use the passage from today’s devotion to help you with your words. Think about some of the situations you are part of and what words you say during those times. Think also about the things you are asking God for, or situations where you want God to act on your behalf. 

I am asking God to change my perspective on life’s issues and asking for His forgiveness for the times I’ve spoken negatively. I want my words to bring honor to God, in all ways. How about you?

Have a blessed day.



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