wORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT

JANUARY  20, 2022

Scripture

 

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

 

Reflections

 

What would God have to say about the words that come out of your mouth?  Even worse, the thoughts of your heart?

 

When we’re honest with ourselves, it’s pretty sobering.  Even something as simple as driving on the road can bring out the worst.  We see people and instantly make judgements within our minds.  We fancy retribution and vengeance instead of forgiveness and love.

 

David, the author of Psalm 19, was keenly aware of his inner thoughts and actions.  As much as he loved the Lord God, he was responsible for appalling offenses.  He wanted to be blameless and innocent but also knew it was already too late.  He was a sinner in need of a Savior.  If there was any hope, it could only be found in God.

 

Jesus came to help us live beyond our sin.  Our broken human condition is not the final word.  God’s love and forgiveness are the final word.  When we turn to him, we see that we are not just sinners, but forgiven sinners.  He cleanses us of our sins.  The Spirit calls us back to follow in his ways.

 

Day-by-day, we do well to focus on living lives pleasing to God.  We open our lives to his Spirit.  He surprises us with his grace.

 

Prayer

 

Lord God, thank you for forgiving me.  May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Full Reading: Psalm 19

 

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