Acceptable thoughts and speech


Psalm 19:14 (ESV): 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.


This psalm begins with a beautiful description of nature giving glory to God. David then transitions to talking about how God’s law is perfect and closes with a prayer that he might live blameless without intentional sin.


David’s prayer in this final verse of Psalm 19 is quite breathtaking.

As James notes in the New Testament, it is incredibly difficult to control our tongue. We may speak 20,000 beautiful words throughout the day, and then at home speak a few hundred harsh words to our family.

And the devil loves to insert thoughts that should not be considered into our mind. It takes great discipline to reject them immediately, giving no lasting consideration to them.

This prayer is incredibly applicable then: Lord, may I be blameless in all that I say and think!


Heavenly Father, I desire to honor you with all of my life: what I do, what I say, and what I think. Give me grace and strength to choose what is right. Guard my steps; guard my lips and mind. Amen.

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