Guard my tongue!

I continue to stand amazed at the timing of the Bible study lessons from Jesus The One and Only. This past week’s passages were so relevant to many issues and it was a challenge for me not to go on a tangent. I prayed earnestly several times on Wednesday that I would not say anything that the Lord didn’t want me to say, that I wouldn’t go anywhere He didn’t want me to go, and that I wouldn’t hold back from anything He did want me to say. In other words, I begged the Lord to “Guard my tongue!” And that is my prayer each day before I put a devotional on this site that I would never use this instrument as a tool for my own agenda. As a general rule I just work away each day until the Lord gives me a thought and then I type it up. But sometimes it comes to me the night before and I can’t wait to get it posted the next morning. Now 21 months later I continue to stand amazed how faithful He is each day to give me a new word and fresh thoughts.

I was reading the Psalm for today, Psalm 19 – a psalm that we (the family) hold very close to our hearts. When Hannah took her last breath on this earth and the hospice nurse told us that she was “not here,” with no pre-thought whatsoever Deb’s hands went up in the air and she began quoting Psalm 19. So forever this psalm will be very special to us. As I read the last verse today I realized that was exactly what I had been saying to the Lord this week, just not in those words. And then tomorrow morning Clay and I along with our friends Todd and Carmela Rice are going to a studio to cut our first CD. This is a very humbling experience for us and each time we get together to practice we pray that we will sing in worship to our Father, totally unaware and unconcerned about ourselves and our sound (except that it’s always good to be on key; if you’re going to the trouble of making a CD you want it to sound half way decent). So I prayed verse 14 today for our little Echoes of Hope quartet that the words of our mouth and the meditations of our heart will be pleasing to the Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer. If they’re not pleasing to Him, they’re not going to be pleasing to anyone else. If it’s not all about Him, it ain’t about nothing! (Sorry for the double negative – it’s a good fit right there.)

Join with me in this prayer for our tongues and the motives of our hearts…Dear Father, Guard my tongue and keep my heart pure! May the words of my mouth that I say in writing on this site and that I sing through lyrics of songs, and the meditation of my heart as I ponder each day what you’d have me to post, and as we prepare our hearts for our big day tomorrow, may they all be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer. It’s only about You, Father! If it’s not, then it’s all in vain and nothing good will come of it. May we stand solid on You, our Rock, and may we allow You, our Redeemer, to set us free from all cares and worries of this life. You, O Father, O Lord, are worthy – only You.

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and My Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).



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