Reading: Psalms 34, 56, 57, 63, 142
Summary: We’ll return again today to Psalms that are ascribed to the time of David’s life prior to his reign as king (see the March 30 reading introduction). These Psalms relate to his experiences among the Philistines as well as his hiding in caves and the wilderness as he eluded King Saul.
What Comes Out of Your Mouth
The mouth is the bucket that brings up what is in the well of our hearts. (I can’t take credit for that thought, but I don’t know to whom credit is due.) A very good indicator of the genuine interest and concern and focus of our lives is what we talk about.
Think about that in terms of your every day speech and your relationship with God. Are the names of God and Jesus on your lips daily? Is praise of Him and the telling of His great love for us reserved only for certain places and times and in certain company?
Listen to the opening lines of Psalm 34:
I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the LORD;
let the humble hear and be glad.
Oh, magnify the LORD with me,
and let us exalt his name together!
This certainly is behind the otherwise curious statement God made to Joshua when commissioning him as Moses’ successor to lead Israel into Canaan. He charged him to keep all the Law which Moses had given, not to turn from it to the right or the left, to meditate on it day and night, and that it “shall not depart from your mouth” (Josh.1:7-8).
What we love we think about, and what we think about we talk about.
How does God fit in that formula for you?