The Contemplation of our Hearts

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

Meditation: Often, Christians think that controlling behavior is the making of the Christian life. The Bible, however, consistently teaches that behavior comes from the inside – from the heart. Jesus said that the words coming from the mouth reflect the attitude of the heart. When we contemplate or meditate on the Lord and His Word, Christian behavior will flow out of a humble and grateful attitude.

The writings of Christians of old consistently reveal that we need to focus our heart on the Lord. Rather than making feeble attempts to control our behavior, we need to meditate on the Lord. This includes controlling our tongue as James tells us so that we can build up and edify others rather than tear down and criticize them. God is our Redeemer through the sacrifice of Jesus. We were purchased out of the slavery of sin and selfishness. That should cause us to seek to praise and glorify God throughout our days on earth!
           
Bringing Scripture to mind and memorizing it helps us focus and meditate on the Lord. Burying the Word of God in our hearts is pleasing to the Lord. When the contemplation and focus of our hearts is on the Lord, our words and behavior will be sweet incense to the Lord our God.

Challenge: What do you contemplate on throughout the day? Is it the Lord and His Word? Or do your thoughts dwell on the troubles and trials you face, or on getting ahead and succeeding in life? Do you focus on getting your needs met and feeling good about yourself? Can you say that the words of your mouth and the meditation of your heart are pleasing in the Lord’s sight? Make an intentional step and make the Lord your Rock and Redeemer, the contemplation of your heart.

Thought for the Day: Lord, may the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to You today.

Chris Garner

Used by permission – Fortified Marriages.

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