In Psalm 17, verses one through five, David writes, “O Lord, hear my plea for justice. Listen to my cry for help. Pay attention to my prayer, for it comes from honest lips. Declare me innocent, for you see those who do right. You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night. You have scrutinized me and found nothing wrong. I am determined not to sin in what I say. I have followed your commands, which keep me from following cruel and evil people. My steps have stayed on your path; I have not wavered from following you.”
I am so glad that David wrote down these prayers to God, I find them very helpful when I read them and I am heartened that he was so earnest and humble with his thoughts before God.
I really honed in on the verse where he says, “I am determined not to sin in what I say.” This is something that I have found that I have so much trouble with in my life; my use of speech and trying to keep destructive things from coming out of my mouth.
Jesus commanded us to love one another and Paul warns in his writings about destructive speech as well. We think of love as a feeling but we have to remember that it is an action, and that refraining from harmful speech is something that God and Christ very much want from us.
Every day I pray for Christ to help me react to situations in the way that he would and to help me be Christlike in my behaviors. I am getting better and better about recognizing harmful speech before I utter it, but I have a long way to go. This prayer reminded me tonight that I have to be determined, like David was, to not ‘sin in what I say’.
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