Devotional For August 23, 2023

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭19‬:‭14‬

This verse invites us to reflect on the significance of our thoughts and speech, and to seek God’s guidance in ensuring they are pleasing to Him. The psalmist recognizes the intimate connection between the “meditation of the heart” and the “words of the mouth.” Our words stem from an overflow of what’s in our hearts. When our hearts are filled with love, grace, and godly intentions, our words will reflect that beauty.

The core desire is for our words and the meditation of our hearts to be pleasing to God. This plea emphasizes our longing to bring glory to God through our thoughts and speech. We seek to live in a way that resonates with His character.

The verse concludes with a reminder of God’s role in our lives as our “strength and Redeemer.” Our dependence on Him is crucial for the transformation of our hearts and the refinement of our words. With God’s strength, we can choose words of encouragement, wisdom, and love.

Living out this verse requires us to be intentional and to have a surrendered heart. It’s about consistently seeking God’s guidance in our thoughts and interactions. When we invite the Holy Spirit to shape our innermost being, our words will naturally align with God’s will.

Do your thoughts and words align with the desires of God? How can you ensure that your heart’s meditation and your spoken words honor God? Spend time in prayer, inviting God to guide your thoughts and speech.


Lord, I pray that the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart would be pleasing in Your sight. Help me to align my thoughts and speech with Your wisdom and grace. Strengthen me to choose words that build up and encourage others. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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