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Good Morning January 16

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On Jan 16, 2019 2:11 PM, "IRVIN STAPF" <istapf> wrote:

Many a sermon has begun with the words of Psalm 19 verse 14, "May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer." It also seems to me that this prayer is a good way to begin each of our days. We will speak many words in a variety of situation throughout each day. Some in the context of our faith. Most in the normal secular activities of the day. Some well thought out for a specific task. Others, will be in casual conversation, or a spur of the moment response. The Lord is our Rock, the foundation of our lives. We desire that all that comes from us reflects the grace He extends to all people. That doesn’t mean that everything we say is solemn and pious. Our Lord is a joy. All He did was for the good of others, and that is our desire. Whether our words must be hard in giving direction or correction, or if they are to please and build up another, or just plain good fun, our words build up and not pull down. May God’s grace be upon you and undergird you in all you do today.

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Good Morning January 16

Many a sermon has begun with the words of Psalm 19 verse 14, “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” It also seems to me that this prayer is a good way to begin each of our days. We will speak many words in a variety of situation throughout each day. Some in the context of our faith. Most in the normal secular activities of the day. Some well thought out for a specific task. Others, will be in casual conversation, or a spur of the moment response. The Lord is our Rock, the foundation of our lives. We desire that all that comes from us reflects the grace He extends to all people. That doesn’t mean that everything we say is solemn and pious. Our Lord is a joy. All He did was for the good of others, and that is our desire. Whether our words must be hard in giving direction or correction, or if they are to please and build up another, or just plain good fun, our words build up and not pull down. May God’s grace be upon you and undergird you in all you do today.

Good Morning November 14

Our words are important. Scripture cautions us against the use of idle, thoughtless, and course words. Words can build up of tear down. Words can be creative. God’s word brought the heavens and earth into being. Jesus, God’s most gracious word to us, redeemed and gave us life.(John 1:1-5) By the grace of the Lord the pastor is allowed to speak words of freedom to the congregation, “I declare unto you the entire forgiveness of all of your sins”. Our own words can covey life to another. A simple greeting, a word of appreciation, or maybe “forgive me, I’m sorry”, or “I love you”. Sometimes we must speak a difficult word of truth, but it is spoken for the good of the hearer.(Ephesians 4:15) St. Paul advises us that what we say “is (to be) helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.(4:29) You will meet a number of people today. Let your words share God’s grace with them.

Good Morning August 7

My home state, Maryland, is in the middle of the eastern seaboard. We have our expressions that are peculiar to our area, but we don’t have a real “southern accent” as you might find in states further south in the country.  What is interesting, however is how easily one can pick up and begin to mimic the speech of another area when one is living there for a length of time. It is easy to go along. We’ve also heard the expressions of swearing like a sailor, or a certain kind of talk that goes on in a locker room. I said it is easy to go along, but we do need to be careful what we go along with. Paul wrote to the Colossian Church we should put aside all “anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth.”(3:8) “Let your speech always be with grace,…”(4:6) That doesn’t mean we are always talking about religious things. There is a lot of good speech and clean humorous things to laugh about. Our words are to be useful to others, and bring no shame to ourselves or to our Lord.

Good Morning April 13

There is power in the spoken word. The Psalmist wrote, “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.”(33:6) In the Book of Revelation we are told that the power of evil is overcome “by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony;…”(12:11) And one more verse from Psalm 19:14 a valuable prayer. “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Our words are important. they can build up, or they can tear down. They can help lead one to life in the Lord Jesus Christ, or they can leave them in darkness. Paul speaks of the necessity of speaking for the Lord. “And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”(Romans 10:14) I spend time each week preparing a sermon for worship on Sundays, but we all have sermons to preach in words and action of daily life. Let the prayer of the Psalmist be our prayer for each day. 

Good Morning November 21

Psalm 19 begins with a declaration of how the world God created speaks to us in many ways. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” It goes on to show how the words of the Lord are intended to instruct, to guide, and to bring us into His blessings. The Psalmist, David, then concludes with familiar the expression “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”(vs.14) David is praying that his own words and life will convey that same goodness of God to those he encounters. Our own words are important. By them we can build up or tear down. Paul shares this same thought with the Ephesians. “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”(4:29) “Building others up according to their needs” – that is really what God is doing with all of us by His words. Sometimes words need to be hard in correction. Other times soft for comfort or strength. But always for “building others up”.

Good Morning March 22

Many pastors will begin their sermons with the words of Psalm 19.  “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.”(vs.14) Yet these are words that should not be limited to a Sunday sermon. This is a prayer for each of our days. Paul also reminds us when he wrote, “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.”(Ephesians 4:29) This doesn’t mean that all of our words are flattery or nice sentiments.  Sometime guidance, and correction are needed. But it does meant that our words “give grace to those who hear”. They are spoken in love and concern to the others good, and not out of personal anger or selfish desire. This is the way our Lord speaks to us.

Good Morning February 2

We call them “slips of the tongue”, or “putting mouth in gear before the brain in engaged”. It is so easy to speak without thinking of the impact our words have on another. James says that the tongue is the most unruly member of the body. Then Paul gives a good positive directive for guiding what we say. “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4:29) Do our words give grace? This doesn’t mean that everything we say has to be soft, sweet, and always religious. It does mean that what we say doesn’t hurt another, it is useful, it is truthful, it seek to build up without false flattery, and it is willing to ask forgiveness when we have hurt another. Words are a powerful tool for good or for ill. Let our words seek to give grace to those who hear.

Good Morning February 26

We call them “slips of the tongue”, or “putting the mouth in gear before the brain in engaged”. It is so easy to speak without thinking of the impact our words have on another. James says that the tongue is the most unruly member of the body. Paul gives a good positive directive for guiding what we say. “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4:29) Do our words give grace? This doesn’t mean that everything we say has to be soft, sweet, and always religious. It does mean that what we say should not hurt another intentionally. Even when words of correction must be hard they are always intended to help, to build up, to restore. What we say is to be useful, truthful, and seeking to build up without false flattery. One is willing to ask forgiveness when having hurt another. Words are a powerful tool for good or for ill. Let our words seek to give grace to those who hear.

Good Morning June 6

I am looking at Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition, on my desk. I do use it now and then when spell check fails! It contains hundreds of thousands of words in the English language, and new words are being coined every day. All of these words can be put together in a myriad of ways even as I am doing here. Words can be used to inform, to warn of danger, to encourage, and to harm. Scripture has a lot to say about how we use our words, but perhaps one of the best reminders is the brief prayer from Psalm 19:14: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Preachers will sometimes use this as opening words before a sermon. Certainly a necessary prayer for that task, but also a prayer with which we can begin our days. Not all of our conversations are easy, but rightly chosen, they can bring grace to any situation, and bring honor to our Lord.