Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3 (NIV)
Sometimes, I can’t believe what comes out of my mouth. How so? I’m not sure that I want to go into detail. I don’t want to relive and rehearse or even rethink the dumb things, I have said. I would like to move forward. I would like to think and speak and act differently. Are you asking for my help? Yes, I am asking for your help. I am asking you to change everything about me. Change my heart. Transform my mind. Give me your thoughts to think, words to speak and actions to take. Change me from the inside out. You know something you aren’t saying. Yes, I do. Tell me what you know. I will never be able to simply set a guard over my mouth or a door on my lips if you don’t change what is in my heart and on my mind. So, I am asking you to do a complete work in my heart and mind. You are the only one who can help me to set a guard over my mouth or a door on my lips. My efforts alone, to do this, will only end in miserable failures. So, I’m not thinking that there is a quick and simple, band aid answer, to my prayer. That’s good. You have work to do in me. Yes, I do.
You do know that you are a work in progress? You do know that day by day, I am molding and shaping your life? You do know that my work in your life will continue every day until you come to meet me face to face? Yes, I know these things. Yes, I believe that you are doing this kind of work in me. I am thankful that your work in me will not end until I am completely changed in your presence. That’s good. I do want to cooperate fully with your work in me. I want to submit myself completely to you so that I am not getting in the way of your work. I don’t want to slow down the pace of your work in me. That’s good.
How have I been changing your heart? How have I been transforming your mind? How have I been giving you my thoughts to think, words to speak and actions to take? In your presence you have been changing my heart. In your word you have been transforming my mind. I can’t leave your presence, meeting with you in your word, without my heart being changed and my mind being transformed, in some way. As I draw near to you and you draw near to me, you are continually making me new. You are giving me new thoughts to think, words to speak and actions to take. Am I also helping you to place a guard over your mouth and a door on your lips? Yes, you are. For that, I am very thankful. That’s good.
Lord, help me to place a guard over my mouth. When I should not speak, help me to keep my mouth firmly shut. Steer me away from worthless conversations that will discourage me and others in our faith. Use my words to boldly spur others on in their faith. Amen
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