We've all heard the saying, ''Talk is cheap.'' Of course, what is meant by that statement is that it is easier to talk about doing something than it is to actually do it. Many times people talk a lot about things, but do very little. Another saying I’ve heard is, “When it’s all said and done, more is said than done.” I believe that’s true. While it is fair to place more value on actually accomplishing something than on talking about it, I believe we need to be sure we don’t devalue our speech so much that we begin to think that what we say isn’t important. The Bible places a great deal of importance on what we say.
The psalmist said, “Let the words of my mouth, and the
meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my
redeemer.” Psa. 19:14
Let’s think for a minute about that verse. The words of your mouth are powerful. We all know the impact other people’s words
can have on us. Many times our entire
attitude can be altered by the words someone speaks to us. And it can go either way. Harsh or unkind works can instantly make you
feel hurt or angry. Those kinds of
words can raise your blood pressure, affect your digestion, and have other
negative physical effects. At other
times positive, uplifting words can raise your spirits, comfort you, and thrill
you. And of course you have the
potential to help or to hurt the people in your life through your words. The writer of Proverbs says, “The
tongue has the power of life and death…” Prov. 18:21
It’s easy to recognize how one person’s words can affect another, but have you ever thought about how your own words may be affecting you? Many times we have a tendency to be very harsh on ourselves. We may call ourselves “stupid” or “dummy” when we make a simple mistake. Sometimes we make self-limiting statements like, “I can’t remember names,” or, “I just can’t lose weight.” These types of statements seem to set up expectations and our expectations rarely disappoint us. They seem to become self-fulfilling prophecies. Job said, “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. (Job 3:25) We need to carefully monitor the words of our mouth.
Psalm 19:14 addresses not only the words that we speak, but also the “meditation of our heart.” Perhaps the words that have the greatest effect upon us are never spoken audibly. The meditation of our heart is that constant thought stream that goes on inside our minds. Our thoughts have a powerful impact on our lives. Our thoughts can help us to soar with the eagles or they can drag us down into the pit of despair. I would submit to you that if our thoughts are dragging us downward, that is not acceptable in the sight of God.
We all have times when things are going wrong in our lives and there really isn’t much we can do about it. Those are the most difficult times to keep the meditation of our hearts acceptable to God. Have you ever tried to not think about something. You can’t do it. The only way to get rid of those kinds of negative thoughts is to displace them. That is, fill your mind with other thoughts— positive, nurturing, life-enhancing thoughts. The best choice is the word of God. Fill you mind with the word and let it float the negative out. Fill your mind and heart with thoughts of God’s goodness. Count your blessings, praise Him, and give thanks for all you have. Soon, the light of God’s goodness will drive out the darkness. I’m not saying it’s easy. I’m just saying it’s best. It’s a decision.
A good starting place would be to memorize Psalm 19:14 and begin your day with it. Quote it to yourself several times a day, especially when things begin to crowd in on you and you find your spirits falling. Do yourself a favor… be your own best friend. Guard your mind and your heart. “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Prov. 4:23
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of
my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my
redeemer.” Psa. 19:14