STUDY WITH SARA-litmus test

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 NKJV


This verse is so often quoted and loved for it’s poetic flow, by me and many others. We so often work on our speech or our thoughts but how often does one work on the harmony and truth of both.

We see very clearly from the words of this Psalm of David that God only honors our words when they match the thoughts and intents of our heart and mind. And, when they do not match, we have opened a door for trouble to crouch and hide and attack at an opportune time. Remember the story from Cain’s sacrifice found in Genesis 4:1-10. Cain had in him angry that turned into thoughts of revenge on his brother and that is what he did, spoke it or not, he killed his brother.

Proverb 16:23 states, “The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.”

Have you ever given yourself a’ litmus test’ to see if the words of your mouth matched what was in your heart?

Do you know or have you given any thought to the possibility of your actions to be when your words and thoughts do not match?

When someone anger’s you, do you run to God’s Word or a godly counsellor to work with you and walk you through your angry or do you harbor it in your heart while acting as though there is no problem. What would be the results of this according to God’s Word? Remember Cain again, (vs 7) God told Cain that if he would do the right thing, all would be well for him but if if he did not do the right thing sin would crouch at his door and attach.

God saw Cain’s countenance fall and knew that he was angry in his heart and questioning him about it? How many times have we had friends or loved ones see that we are angry or look sulky and try to help us and we listen but know just what we are going to do when we get back to work or wherever or whomever it was that ticked us off?

I hope we will meditate on the words of David from Psalm 19 and verse 14 and see if our words and meditations are acceptable to God. He is our strength to help us overcome and our Redeemer to help save us from ourselves.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 NKJ


20 thoughts on “STUDY WITH SARA-litmus test”

  1. Psalm 51: 10 – 12 ” Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.” Lord, forgive me when I fail you, I, like David stand in need of your mercy, grace, and forgiveness. I ask that you keep the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart in line, so it will be acceptable in your sight. Help me Lord to do the right thing, in all circumstances so that sin will not “crouch at my door and attach” itself, and that all will be well with me.

  2. Proverbs 25:11 says, ” A word fitly spoken in due season is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” I can attribute this phrase of wisdom to Sara’s words on this timely blog. And like a rosary, one bead of wisdom from the Word of God, following another, making a prayer chain of intercession and enlightenment, these comments parallel the commentary on DELIVER US FROM EVIL. Psalm 74:19 cries out to the Lord God, “Oh, deliver NOT the soul of THY turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked and evil.” The psalmist asks the Lord to deliver him from evil and wickedness. And I add that I am asking the LORD to deliver me, not only from the evil and the wicked, but to deliver me from my own wickedness. When there is a disconnect between mouth & motive, heart & head, words and will, then and there evil and wickedness lurk, as the scriptures reveal.
    What am I to do? Call myself on it. Then run to God’s Word, as Sara said, for strenght and wisdom. AND THEN

  3. A litmus test: a test in which a single factor (as an attitude, event, or fact) is decisive. I thought about the litmus strip used to test the acidity (sourness) or alkalinity (sweetness)of a substance. It doesn’t matter what the substance ‘says’ it is, the test reveals the true nature. We can say one thing but have a sour or bitter attitude or a good attitude and be a sweet smelling aroma to the Lord and others. I was reminded of a verse from Sara’s February blog “The Battle of the Bulge” : “…Get your thoughts and actions in line with your King. And you will be an overcomer to fight the Battle of the Bulge.”
    The intent of the heart and the action should line up like tires in correct alignment or else there will be uneven wear with a resultant bulge and maybe an eventual blow-out that could cause a bad wreck (like Cain had). It would be better to run for counsel as Sara suggested above when the ‘test’is taken and the out of alignment is first noticed For the counsel of the word of God is “living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit and of joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intentions of the hear.” Heb 4:12

  4. yes…I think a lot about the two …words and actions….and even adding a third one…countenance….and I too ask like Needles Lord help me do the right thing…I found this in Hebrews 4:13….neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight, but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do…seeing, then, that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession…for we have not an high priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin…let us, therefore, come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need…….(and then watch our words, watch our actions…and be aware and watch our countenance…that they line up with what the Lord places in our hearts)….Good things to really practice and think on Sara…thank you…dj

  5. Oh…one more thing…there are those  who do not know the Lord, and they are watching us, those who profess to know the Lord…and when they see our actions…and the things we say…do…and the way we look..and react…they wonder…about following the God we serve…so its not just us….we effect more…so much more….dj

  6. Hebrews 13:15:Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.

    We no longer bring the sacrificial blood of animals for a sacrifice like Abel and others but pour out sacrificial praises from our lips to God in Jesus’name.

    Hebrews 11:4 “Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith.”

    Once again, I believe God is so faithful to His people that He is preparing us to participate in the National Day of Prayer, May 3, in a very effective way as we prepare our hearts, minds and lips to join His church on the behalf of Nations, Leaders, both World and Church Leaders.

    Let us come bodily before the Throne of Grace…

  7. As I read the above comments regarding prayer I was reminded of this scripture: “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peacable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus who gave Himself a ransom for all….I desire that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands without wrath and doubting…” I Tim 2:1-8

  8. Proverb 16:23 states, “The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.”
    My morning thoughts on this verse from our blog!

    Why is there is no egg in eggplant, or is there? Is there ham in a hamburger? Are both apple and pine in the pineapple that I had for breakfast this am? Are English muffins from England, if not, why are they called English? After all this, french fries, just have to be from France?

    Hearing/speaking and speaking/hearing with understanding may be two unalike things. Something is understood because it was communicated in such a way that the hearer “got it”. Therefore, how do I get the heart to teach the mouth and cause the lips to have learning?

  9. Attend unto wisdom…the word attend means=to give heed to, to look after, to wait for , to go or stay with as a accoompany, to apply oneself, to apply the mind or pay attention,heed, …. Proverbs 2:1-22….verse #3 says”yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; if thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hidden teasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God..verse, 10says when wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul, discretion shall preseve thee, understanding shall keep thee, verse 12..”To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from men that speak perverse things,….verse,20 that thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous…
    Proverbs 3:3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee; bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart.
    Proverbs 5 verse 1-2 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding, that thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge…….dj

  10. aah…the eggplant..well this is what my “seeking”found for me…in the mid 18th century the Europians had a veriety of the “fruit” that resembled the goose eggs they had…also the veriety of the fruit they had were whitish or yellowish in color so they had what really looked like “eggs” so they called it the “egg-plant”…(World Wide Words..Micheal Quinion)…Also the pine apple= in 1493 Christopher Columbus landed on the Caribbean Islands and found this fruit that resembled a pine cone and the inside was sweet like an apple …they promplty called it pine-apple and the name stuck….as for English muffins and french fries..Im still…”seeking”…:)dj

  11. Sara,
    Your question is: “How do I get the heart to teach the mouth and cause the lips to have learning?” I have been reading different scriptures. Matthew 12:34 says:”You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your HEART, determines what you say.” Therefore, could I reason that if our hearts are in line with God’s word, then our mouths are taught and our lips possess knowledge? Proverbs 119: 11 says: “I have hidden your word in my HEART, that I might not sin against you.”

  12. In Reading the wonderful comments on this blog (what a powerful BIBLE STUDY !) about the words of MY MOUTH and the THOUGHTS AND INTENTIONS of my Heart, this phrase kept coming to mind which I finally tracked down in Romans 2:21, where Paul writes,” You who teach another, don’t you also teach yourself? If you teach others that it’s wrong to steal, do YOU steal? If you preach fidelity in marriage, are YOU unfaithful? If you preach against idolatry , is there a secret idol in your life that usually wins out in precedence over the LORD?”; or against blasphemy, or wastefulness or keeping of the civil law…do you break the law? If you preach honesty, do you lie, garnish the truth, embellish the facts, exaggerate?” If you preach that it is more blessed to give than to receive but you are penny pinching when it comes to supporting the GOSPEL…. It is the true CHRISTIAN who is one inwardly, that is not just sitting in his/her pharisaical pew but whose heart is circumcised. Paul tells the people that, “it is because of our actions not lining up with the words that emanate from our sanctimonious lips that hypocrisy is manifested and people whom we are trying to reach are….well, to use the vernacular,…TURNED OFF!”
    So! May the words of my mouth and the intentions and meditations of my heart….be becoming more and more acceptable in YOUR sight, My Lord and GOD, as I often struggle through the overcoming of the flesh and reach for the high calling of Jesus Christ, my Savior and King, for my life.

  13. I have observed so many times that while we may think we are focused and proud of it since it seems a virtue in the world. We have used focus to forget about what goes in will be what comes out of our mouth. (Needles used the scripture above with such words as, “You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your HEART, determines what you say.”

    Well, I should say we have let focus use us to forget about ‘meditation of the heart and the words of our mouth’ being instruments of Our God. We focus on our agenda, our own thoughts, our own way, our own schedule and especially our own enjoyment and how and when we will do or use it. Let’s not forget our prejudices, arrogance and pride wrapped in swaddling clothes of our heart just waiting to erupt at the success of another or to interrupt God’s plan in our own lives?
    Give it the litmus test in your next conversation when you are discussing the work of the Lord. Let us know your score? Or, better yet, some of us might ‘deep sea’ the results but continue on with our focus.

    Psalm 19:11 -14 Message, There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger
    and directs us to hidden treasure.
    Otherwise how will we find our way?
    Or know when we play the fool?
    Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!
    Keep me from stupid sins,
    from thinking I can take over your work;
    Then I can start this day sun-washed,
    scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.
    These are the words in my mouth;
    these are what I chew on and pray.
    Accept them when I place them
    on the morning altar,
    O God, my Altar-Rock,
    God, Priest-of-My-Altar.

  14. Proverbs 16:23:Message… from our 2nd scripture of this blog.

    “They make a lot of sense, these wise folks;
    whenever they speak, their reputation increases.”

    Imagine if we speak foolish how our reputation also increases.

    Maybe we need to stick tight to “Let the words of our mouth and the meditation of our heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 NKJ

  15. Mark 7:20-23 “And then he added,” It is what comes from inside that defiles you. 21 For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. 23 All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.”” Matthew 5:21-24 “21 You have heard that our ancestors were told,’You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgement! 22 But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in DANGER OF THE FIRES OF HELL.” 23″So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the alter in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, 24 leave your sacrific there at the alter. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.”
    We must be cautious of what is in our hearts and thoughts. If we have evil in our hearts and our thoughts it will eventually affect our tongue and our actions. We are warned against this. We will all be judged and we are all accountable for our actions. We must stay in control. We can do this by staying focused on our Lord and studing his living word. If we have an issue with someone, we must pray about it and seek his word. There is a situation in the Bible that will help with any situation that we have to face. It teaches us how to handle these situations, the way God wants us to handle them. We just need to stay focused on Jesus. If we are praying every waking minute and studying God’s word, who has time to get angry about what someone said about us. How can anger or any other evil thought be in our hearts when our hearts are overflowing with Jesus and his love. There is no room for both. Stay focused and let’s lift up are hands and pray to the Lord each and every day. Let us not forget to celebrate National Day of Prayer on May 3. I think we need to celebrate May 3 like we celebrate the 4th of July. Bring out the fireworks and lets celebrate praying and rejoicing in our Lord. I’m not saying that we don’t need to celebrate our Freedom, our Indepence on the 4th of July. I just think we need to celebrate our freedom from hell. I think we need to celebrate our salvation with some fireworks, good singing and some fried chicken on May 3rd. Lord, thank you for our freedom, thank you for our Independence and thank you for prayer, a way of communication to you, Lord. Thank you for hearing our prayers and thank you for our freedom to pray. Lord, thank you for May 3.

  16. Chickenfarmer, what an excellent idea! Prayer is a celebration, freedom, privilidge and a blessing to us, our family, community and Nation(s).

    Thank you for the reminder to be up and ready as Thursday, tomorrow, is National Day of Prayer. Thank you that you have spoken on not letting anything or anybody take our focus off the real, not false, the truth, not lies, the Eternal vs just the now, the Light, not darkness, Life and not death.

    Let us all rejoice for this is the Day the Lord Has Made for us to rejocie and be glad in it!!!!

  17. As we have been encouraged by Chickenfarmer and Sara to prepare for the National Day of Prayer and rejoice that we have this privilege I am also reminded of Sara’s words (and related comments following) from her blog above… “God only honors our words when they match the thoughts and intents of our heart and mind”.
    Ephesians 4:29 directs us on our words: “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth but what is good for necessary edification that it may impart grace to the hearers.”
    Communication is the transmittal of ‘ information, thought, or feeling so that it is satisfactorily received or understood’. This can apply to our communication with God through prayer and to others. To corrupt it would be to ‘ allow it to become tainted or rotten;morally debased or to cause disintegration or ruin.’.
    Vs 30 –32 in Ephesians goes on to warn us not to grieve the Holy Spirit by permitting bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor and evil speaking and malice…that should be put away from us. We are encouraged to be “kind, forgiving and tenderhearted just as God in Christ also forgave you.” Needles pointed out to us in “Deliver us from Evil”, that God.” 2 Chronicles 7: 14 “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways. I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” There are conditions for God hearing our prayers and we certainly want effective communication with Him for May 3.

  18. Halelujah!..yes tomorrow is National Prayer Day…we shall rejoice for He is our God and we belong to Him…and lift up those prayers and petitions being led by His precious Holy Spirit …remebering to speak to one another and encourage one another … and to do what the theme says……praise God from whom all blessings flow…:)dj

  19. Hebrews 10:25 tells us to not forsake or neglect the assembling of ourselves together as believers….” to worship the Lord and to pray and warn, admonish, urge, caution and to encourage one another and even more faithfully, now, as we see the “day” approaching.AND YES, JUST LIKE CHICKENFARMER EXHORTS….TO CELEBRATE THE DAY OF PRAYER.
    So let us continue and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another….” and also to intercede for our nation and the BODY OF CHRIST in this nation and everywhere. Let us pray for our president, V.P. congressmen and women and all those in authority over us for wisdom, perception, understanding and peaceableness in all things. And since we have a noble High Priest, let us, on the National Day of Prayer and every day come boldly to the throne of grace with true and honest hearts, free from guile, politics, conventional wisdom and platitudes in absolute trust and confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ and His power and wisdom….HAVING OUR HEARTS PURIFIED FROM EVIL CONSCIENCES AND OUR BODIES WASHED WITH THE WATER OF THE WORD OF GOD.
    He has opened the veil to the HOLY OF HOLIES for us. So on the National Day of Prayer may we unite in fervent
    supplication to the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY….KING OF AMERICA!!!

  20. 2 Chronicles 7:14……..Humble, pray, seek, turn from wicked ways,…then will I hear from heaven, …forgive their sin,…and will heal their land…….(their land)..I thought as I was praying their land…in Gods word He speaks of the heart being the land in which the seed in planted(Luke 8 the parable of the sower and the seed)….I pray that this land too , the land of the heart/our hearts will be healed along with the this land of the USA and the Nations of the world………dj

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