“Thou hast proved mine heart; Thou hast visited me in the night; Thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress” (Psalm 17:3). What a great goal to strive for today! I want God to be able to examine my day today and find that I have not sinned with my mouth once during the day. I want to speak the truth in love all day today. I want others to be encouraged by the words that come from my mouth, and not discouraged. I want people to want to be near me for the positive influence I will bring to them. I do not want them to turn and find another room when they see me coming.
I have noticed that in the time we are living, words have come to carry little importance. We throw words like, “awesome,” and “incredible,” and “best ever …” around like they are just common things. I also noticed that we use “slang” words that would have gotten me a bar of soap and a strong talking to when I was younger. We do not wince when we hear a curse word in public any more … or when we hear it on our televisions … or in a song (if you can call them songs). What has happened to us?
The psalmist was sure that his words, when examined by God, would be found to be righteous. What about my words … what about yours? I have a habit of speaking quickly and sometimes not thinking my words through completely before they come out into the public. I have asked the Lord to help me with this, and I have seen God give me some improvement. When I think about this verse, it is absolutely what I desire to be my own testimony. As someone has said, “Words mean something.” It might sound obvious, but the words I will use today will mean something to someone. I want God to have complete control of everything I say.
I want God to have control of my casual conversations with my friends and family. I want God to have control of the words I will use in any email I send out. I want God to have control of the texts I will send today. I want God to be able to use my words to people I meet at the gas station, or the restaurant, or the local department store, or someone I just pass casually on the street. I want my words to mean something to the people I am around today, but more importantly, I want my words to please my Heavenly Father! I don’t want to waste one opportunity … one sentence on trivial things that will not please Him. When I have an opportunity to speak for my God today, I want the words to easily come from my mouth. When an opportunity for gossip comes, I want to be silent. Words mean something.
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