I found myself bothered. Not only by the actions of others, but by the thoughts from my own mind. All the while, this verse from the psalmist kept ruminating through my heart, calling me to attention.
Then I thought about the verse of Scripture that tells us of the night Jesus was betrayed, Peter's mouth, it says, got the better of him. "He called down curses," the Word declares. I don't know the man!
Matthew's version of the events do not give us the exact words of Peter's tirade. There is no need. Why put that kind of language into the hearts and minds of the reader? Why say, "This is okay to write, just don't say it." Or, "This is okay to say, just don't write it."
Either way, I'm struggling with lack of conviction. Not only in others, but also in whatever areas of my life need a little fine-tuning. So today I have allowed what I consider to be the unnecessary shortcomings of one to shine a spotlight on the "less than stellar" areas in my own life.
Let the words of my mouth AND the meditation of my heart ... wrote David.
"Out of the mouth the heart speaks ..." the Master Teacher said.
In other words, whatever you allow to stir in the pot of your heart (and mind) will eventually come out of your mouth.
Father, help me ... help me to keep my thoughts (my heart) in the right place. Help me to meditate on Your Word, Your truth, Your way. Keep me ever mindful that while men can hear the words of my mouth, You hear the thoughts of my heart. Amen.