Bible Passage for Meditation: Psalm 19:7-14
Key Verse: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
I always pray that wherever I go, others will see Christ in me. It is not always easy. One day I disagreed with a colleague on a matter, and I found myself being the recipient of some really disrespectful and hurtful words. Although I stood in silence and appeared very calm on the outside, my heart was pounding as if I had a raging animal trapped inside, and I wrestled the urge to release the sharp response that was on the tip of my tongue. I quickly walked away to find a place to compose myself, and I remember thinking, “I hate you.”
As I sat in the quiet place I had run away to, the Holy Spirit spoke to me in a tone so clear that it cut through the bitterness that was poisoning my heart: “Let the words of your mouth and every meditation of your heart be acceptable in the Father’s sight.” I cried to the Lord for His forgiveness, and my life was changed.
Ellen White writes, “It is true that there may be an outward correctness of deportment without the renewing power of Christ. The love of influence and the desire for the esteem of others may produce a well-ordered life. Self-respect may lead us to avoid the appearance of evil. A selfish heart may perform generous actions” (Steps to Christ, p. 58).
You see, even though I had appeared “Christ-like” by walking away from the conflict, and even though I had fooled the world and myself into believing that I was reflecting His character, the Bible clearly states that “the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). Also, Jeremiah 17:10 tells us that it is the Lord that searches the mind and examines our hearts.
In the book The Desire of Ages we are told, “It is the motive that gives character to our acts, stamping them with ignominy or with high moral worth. Not the great things which every eye sees and every tongue praises does God account most precious. The little duties cheerfully done, the little gifts which make no show, and which to human eyes may appear worthless, often stand highest in His sight. A heart of faith and love is dearer to God than the most costly gift” (p. 615).
Let’s ask God to change not just our outward behavior but also our heart and motives, because what’s inside is what matters most.
Heart Prayer Challenge:
Loving Father, You have called us to be Your disciples, but we have only learned to present ourselves as acceptable in the world’s eyes. Lord, as we journey together through these 100 days of prayer, please examine us and show us any wicked ways within us. Root out the selfish, impure motives that so often control our lives and thoughts. Create in us clean hearts and renew Your right Spirit within us. Let the words of our mouths and every meditation of our hearts be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, our Strength and our Redeemer. Amen!
By Shanter Alexander
(Shanter, a native of St. Lucia, an island in the West Indies, is a psychologist who lives and works in Michigan. She has been involved with prayer leadership both locally and in division events across the ocean. To read more of Shanter’s testimony, CLICK HERE.)
“If we are Christ’s, our thoughts are with Him, and our sweetest thoughts are of Him. All we have and are is consecrated to Him. We long to bear His image, breathe His spirit, do His will, and please Him in all things” (Steps to Christ, p. 58).