It was a luncheon designed to impress her friends from the neighborhood. Wanting to impress them she asked her five year old son, Jamie, to return thanks.
“Jamie,” she said politely, “will you please say grace?”
“Mommy, please, I don’t really know what to say,” he replied cautiously.
“Well, dear,” she said encouragingly, “just say what you heard Mommy say this morning.”
Bowing his head and folding his hands he began, “Good Lord, why did I invite all these dumb people to lunch today.”
Words can be a sword or a solace or even a weapon that leaves a wound. Words once spoken can never be retrieved or marked “Void.” Words take on a life of their own and will leave another person better or bruised, helped or hurt, encouraged or emptied.
King David wrote, “May the words of my mouth...be pleasing to you, O Lord...” Pleasing words have their source in another part of that verse that states: “may...the thoughts of my heart be pleasing to you.” David is asking God to approve his words and thoughts as though they were offerings brought to God’s very own altar and came from the depths of his soul.
What a great prayer for us to offer to God each day!
Prayer: Father, “may the words of our mouths and the thoughts of our hearts be pleasing to you, O lord, our rock and our redeemer.” In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.