Saturday, July 18th

Saturday, July 18th

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:5 (NASB)

It seems fitting to conclude our week with David's prayer from Psalm 19. Once again we see the heart and tongue connection. Last week we said that out of a good heart comes good fruit and good fruit includes good speaking. But we also said that a good heart can only come through a vital relationship with God given to us through redemption in Christ. David's prayer that asks God to make both his words and heart what they need to be reminds us of this fact. David shows us that dependence on God through faith is essential.

But remember, as we saw in yesterday's devotional faith does not mean waiting for the Spirit to move and not being obedient in the interim to God's commands regarding the proper use of the tongue. Faith means that we do what God says we need to do while believing he will empower us to do it. Remember, that action without faith is just self effort and faith without action in not true faith. So then, true victory in regard to the proper use of the tongue comes through obedience and faith.

Jesus reminds us in our John passage that fruit comes from our abiding in him and him abiding in us. This is the faith side. Obedience is doing what God tells us to do and he has told us that we must use our tongues properly. We put it all together like this: Moment by moment we choose to engage in the fruitful behavior of using our tongues properly as we depend on Christ by faith to accomplish this fruitful behavior in us and through us.

Lord, "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." Amen!

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