Speed of Sound

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 19:14 (NLT)

Have you ever said something that you wished you could take back? It’s as if the words flew out of your mouth, and as you heard them out loud you were horrified by what was coming out. In your mind, perhaps you were screaming “Come back!” at the words in an attempt to prevent them from entering the ears of those around you. But, once the words are out, they are unstoppable. Our reflexes are no match for the speed of sound.

In general, what we say and do are a reflection of what is going on inside of us. No, I’m not talking about biology. I’m talking about our thoughts. Our words match our thoughts. If we are thinking negative thoughts, our words carry negativity. If we are thinking positive thoughts, our words generally carry positivity.

So, here’s where our verse today comes in. “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” That phrase “meditation of my heart” is talking about our thoughts, our true desires. In other words, King David is praying that his words and thoughts will reflect positively on God.

As Christians, our words and actions are always a reflection of the God we represent. We are Christ’s representatives to the world. People are watching, and what they are hearing isn’t very positive. In fact, dare I say, that people outside of Christianity generally know what we are against, but have no idea what we are for. Our message is perceived as a message of negativity. This is a bit disturbing considering we represent a God of love and joy.

So, let us change the dialog. Let’s change the way we communicate in life. Let’s pray that God will give us His words to speak. Let’s pray that God will give us His thoughts to think and meditate on. Let’s pray that the dialog we have with others presents God in a positive light. Let’s pray that the message of the Kingdom of God – the Gospel of Jesus Christ – is received with joy. Let’s pray that God will shut our mouths (and shut down our keyboards) when they need to be shut, and open them when He has something to say.

May our words, actions, and thoughts always be pleasing to our Lord and Savior.

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