Right Thinking, Right Words, Blessed Life – Daily Devotional (Day 11)
Psalm 19:14 (NASB) – Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.
In the verses prior to Psalm 19:14 (verses 12-13), David prays that God would cleanse him from his hidden (secret, concealed) faults, as well as from deliberate sins. He asks that God would cleanse him, and also prays that his concealed faults and deliberate sins would not control him. But he goes on to pray about the root of how sin creeps into our life – through the words of your mouth and the meditation of your heart. He desires that his thoughts and words are acceptable before God.
Why is that? Because our actions correlate with our thoughts. What we think about is what gets into our heart. The more you think of God’s Word and His promises, the more your faith grows. According to Romans 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”.
How are you treating members of your family? Your friends? Your co-workers? What are you declaring with your words? Do your actions reflect someone who is caring, loving or considerate?
Is there some area of your life that needs changing? Start claiming it. Every time you think about something that is contrary to what God has already promised you, stop the thoughts – change your thoughts. You’ve heard the expression, “change your thoughts – change your life”. It’s true. The minute that bad thought comes into your head, change your thinking. Start thanking God for something He’s done in your life. Start quoting your favorite scripture. Remove the inappropriate or negative thought from your mind. Refuse to fear.
By changing your thoughts, you’ll change the words you say. In Proverbs 6:2, we are warned that we can be “snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.” Your words are reflection of how you’re thinking.
Start thinking of what your life should look like – look past your circumstances and start believing for God’s intervention in your life. Come to God and pour out your heart to Him. I will never forget the time that Jesus appeared to me and said, “Let’s talk about it”. He wants to talk to you and have a relationship with you. Remember, you’re not alone. God said that He would never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). Spend time with Him today!
Psalm 19:12-14 (NASB) – “How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
Joshua 1:7-9 (NASB) – “Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Find scriptures that apply to your life and meditate on them. Write down the verses on 3×5 cards and keep them with you. Remind yourself of these versus by thinking about themand speaking them out loud. Start speaking what God’s Word says about your situation. Fill your mind with the living, breathing, active Word of God so that your mind has a firm foundation!
Write down the verses and phrases that line up with God’s Word that you will declare today that will help you persuade your heart that God’s promises are true for you today.
Remember to thank God and honor Him with your words. You may want to begin your praise to God with a verse from the Bible or a song you’ve heard.
PRAYER: Thank you, Lord, that your Word does not return void. Thank you, Lord, that your promises apply to me and my family. “I will be glad and exult in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.” (Psalm 9:2)
WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU THINK GOD IS SAYING TO YOU TODAY:
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