It happened yesterday; it was one of those bright light moments of fresh comprehension. As I was reading Psalm 9, a verse stood out from the rest like a sunflower in a field of bluebonnets.
The words that caught my attention were a positive affirmation of God’s faithfulness: those who know Your name will put their trust in You.
At certain times and places, God would use a specific name to reveal His character to His people. Many of the Psalms speak about the nature of God. From the many, I share a few that encourage me to put my trust in God:
- Psalm 3:3 tells us that God is a shield.
- Psalm 5:11 where God is seen as a defender of His people.
- Psalm 13:6 states that God provides for the needs of the faithful.
- Psalm 19:14 praises God because He gives the strength we need, and He redeems us.
- Psalm 23:1 reminds us that the Lord is our Shepherd.
Then, there is Psalm 18:2 which is a compendium of God’s attributes. As you begin a new week, I encourage you to think about it today:
I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
How long would it take you to make a summary statement of your life? How many words do you think it would take?
Robert Frost said he could sum up everything he had learned about life in three words: “It goes on.” There’s a lot of truth to what Frost said, but it’s also true that what you say can determine how far you go in life and how your life “goes on.”
Mother Teresa was more concerned with the nature of your words than she was with the number of them: “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” David, like Mother Teresa, was well aware of the power of the spoken word, and he prayed: “May my words and my thoughts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my sheltering rock and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14).”
When I think about David’s prayer, I’m left with a couple of questions:
- Are my words and thoughts acceptable to God?
- If not, what can I do to make them more acceptable?
Joshua gave the answer to these questions, when he said: “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success (Joshua 1:8).”
When you think about your words and thoughts, I encourage you to contrast them to the principles of God’s Word in general, and these words of Paul in Particular: “Don’t let even one rotten word seep out of your mouths. Instead, offer only fresh words that build others up when they need it most. That way your good words will communicate grace to those who hear them (Ephesians 4:29 ~The Voice).”