“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”
Two of the most powerful things that affect your life for good or bad are the words you say and the thoughts you think. The Psalmist understood the power of these two things in his life and desired the LORD’s help to be right in these two areas. He stated that his desire was to have his words and thoughts “acceptable in the sight” of the LORD. There are five things you need to consider concerning your words and thoughts.
First, what you say is representative of what you think. Nothing can come out of your mouth without your heart thinking it first. This is one reason you need to be slow to speak. The Christian is warned in James 3:8-10, “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” Always remember that the words you say reveal the true intentions of your heart.
Second, what you think will affect what you say. Matthew 12:34 says, “…out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” If the mouth speaks what the heart thinks, you had better be sure that your thoughts are right so that your mouth will speak the right things. You may mask your words for awhile, but eventually your heart comes out in the words you speak.
Third, words have meanings and consequences. One reason God warns us in the Book of James to be slow to speak is because every word we say has consequences. You can retract your words through an apology, but you can never retract the hurt those words caused. Every word you say has consequences. You may not mean what you say, but others can’t see the heart and know what you mean. This is why you better be careful with what you say and be sure the words you speak represent the true meaning of your heart. Don’t say things in retaliation or anger that you don’t truly mean because those words have consequences that you may not want to endure.
Fourth, words or thoughts will either weaken or strengthen your testimony for Christ. The reason the Psalmist wanted his words to be acceptable to the LORD was because he knew that acceptable words in the sight of the LORD would only make him a stronger Christian. What you say does determine the effectiveness of your testimony. Don’t think you can curse and tell off-color jokes and continue to have a good testimony with those who hear those words. Every word you say should be said with the purpose of pleasing the LORD. If your words please the LORD, your testimony will be strengthened.
Fifth, every word and thought should be acceptable to the LORD. My friend, it doesn’t matter if you don’t care what you say, God does care about what you say and think. All of your words and thoughts should be pleasing to the LORD. My question for you is this, would the LORD be pleased with the thoughts you are thinking and the words you have said in the past week? If you guard your thoughts, you can be assured that the words you say will be acceptable to the LORD.