Speak To My Heart, Jesus

Devotional

May the Words of My Mouth

Great words or traditions are no substitute for a pure heart in worship. Great preaching, music, and art are not a replacement for a soul that is sincere and honest before God.

Many things go into our hearts, through our eyes, and our mouths and ears (Matthew 15:11). The intake of a plant is the nutrients in order to grow. Just like our hearts, we need the essentials to grow. But what are we producing as a return? Are we growing fruit or growing weeds?

First, we must ask: How are the things in our hearts returned to God? Are they detestable to the Lord, or are they received as honorable praise?

The more we take in His words of life, the more we overflow with the life of Christ in our walk. Hebrews 13:15 tells us to continually (not just on Sundays) offer a sacrifice of praise - the fruit of lips that profess His name.

Secondly, we must ask: In my heart, what kind of fruit am I growing? Is the fruit worth giving or pruning?

Jesus desires our lives to be in line with His words, so that we may meditate rightly in His sight. When we are daily meeting Him at His door posts, we are able to better receive His word and mediate on His unfailing love (Psalm 48:9).

Before we open the church door of worship, ask the Lord to open your heart’s door to worship. Not perfect, but real. We are to live holy lives as an act of worship, walking and professing the goodness of His holy name: pure, blameless, and incorruptible. There is no substitute for honest words of worship that come from a contrite heart.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:14).