There have been occasions in my life when I have been grateful that no one could read or hear my thoughts. To my shame, I admit that many of those unspoken words were angry, unkind and even resentful. Enough said!
I love the words the psalmist prayed; “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord…” Psalm 19:14. Most of us understand the impact that our spoken words have on other people – they can be life affirming or destructive. Over the years, I have met countless broken people who have been devastated by the words that others have spoken over them. Words are powerful! That is why it is so important to watch our words!
What about our unspoken words? It is easy to think that our silent words have no impact because no one can hear them or read them. True! But God knows every silent thought that swirls around our heads. That is why the psalmist prayed such a wise prayer – that not only would the words of his mouth please God, but also his unspoken ones. Truth be told, our silent words will impact our internal being more than anything else in the world. Those unspoken words can be health and nourishment to our soul, or they can corrupt and cause decay on the inside.
Our thought-life really does matter. It takes personal commitment and discipline to ensure a wholesome mind. Whether spoken or silent, may every word coming from your mouth and mind please God today!
I am and always will be,
Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,