Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.”
Words are powerful! They possess energy and power. With them we can do irreparable harm or amazing good.
It seems one of the clearest signs of a growing disciple of Christ is the way they use words. These are the ones who may think about a certain response, only to change their mind when they realize it could do harm or be taken wrong. They have learned to practice what I like to call, “bite your tongue theology.”
In our devotional reading today I am always reminded of the person we are and are becoming by what passes from our heart to our lips. How many relationships would still be blooming if there had just been a more thoughtful use of words. How many hurt feelings and wounded self-esteems would still be intact if more caution had been observed?
So, Christ Followers, ask God to help you stay quiet if your words are going to cause harm. Ask Him to teach you to, let the words of your mouth and the meditation of your heart be acceptable in His sight for He is your rock and your Redeemer.
In John 18, Jesus is on trial before the Roman governor, Pilate. In verse 33 he asks Jesus, “Are you the King of the Jews?” A dialog between the two of them follows, culminating with Pilate asking Jesus what he had done to be brought before Pilate.
Jesus’ response in verse 36 is interesting. He said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”
Our Lord Jesus Christ is the King of kings and Lord of lords, but His kingdom is “not from this world.” It is an already-but-not-yet kingdom, one which we enter when we receive Christ as Savior, but its consummation is yet to occur. His Kingdom has come and will soon be complete. Let us trust in that.