August 1, 2019 Daily Devotion

The reading for today is Psalm 49:3

“My mouth shall speak wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.

This is not the only verse in the Bible that addresses both what comes out of our mouths and what we meditate upon in our heart at the same time. Taking care of those things must be important!

I frequently talk to people who tell me they just don’t know how to start a new habit or stop an old one. It can be diet or exercise or it might be about daily reading of Scripture or time spent on social media. I tell them what I once heard the famous apologist, Ravi Zacharias, say. “Change your taste.” We are not utterly at the mercy of our habits. We can take steps to make changes.

I think the first step to having wise words come out of our mouths is to stop letting unwise things past our lips. The first step to meditating upon things that will bring understanding is to stop letting our minds and hearts be filled with distraction and worry. Then I think we should be intentional about spending private, daily time in prayer, worship and with Scripture. Soon we will find that the Spirit has provided understanding in our hearts, wise words for our mouths and new habits that fill the void left by the old ones.

Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer, please let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight. Amen. (Psalm 19:14)

Paula Barney

Prayer Concern: Repentance (turning away from one thing and toward another.)

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