Bible Society of South Africa
Neville Turley

Gems from the Psalms – Day 6

God be in my heart

Bible text(s)

14May my words and my thoughts be acceptable to you,

O LORD, my refuge and my redeemer!

Psalms 19:14GNBOpen in Bible reader

39So the Lord said to him, “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of your cup and plate, but inside you are full of violence and evil. 40Fools! Did not God, who made the outside, also make the inside?

Luke 11:39-40GNBOpen in Bible reader

Our verse for the day is often used as a prayer by preachers before beginning their sermon. It is a plea from the heart that their words and thoughts will find favour with God.

This gem of a prayer should not be limited to the pulpits, but should be an integral part of every Christian’s armoury. The psalmist is asking God to find his words and thoughts acceptable. Our Lord Jesus Christ stressed repeatedly that it is what’s on the heart and mind of a person that really matters. God does not tolerate duplicity. One cannot think one thing and say another.

In one of his many chidings to the Pharisees, our Lord Jesus Christ said, “You Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside also?” (Luke 11:39-40)

If the words of one’s mouth are to be acceptable to God, one’s heart needs to be right with God too. Zechariah, the prophet, warned that we should not think evil of each other in our hearts. (Zechariah 7:10)

We can all try to follow Zechariah’s advice but despite our best intentions, we will not succeed on our own merits. Like the psalmist, we need help from God.

We need the Holy Spirit to transform our hearts and minds for his purpose and to his glory. Then, and only then, will our hearts be right with God and the words of our mouth acceptable to him.

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