Gail Rodgers Sharing the Journey

Hope for the Heart Part 05 - Open My Lips

Our lips can get us in trouble faster than we can imagine sometimes. Have your lips ever opened and you wonder why you ever said what you did? We probably all have.

That’s why God gives us good perspective on open lips. He gives us important things to consider in this matter of the mouth. He knows that if we pay attention to His thoughts on this we will grow to be more proactive in what we say… and less reactive. God can help us choose our speech each day and help us keep that foot out of our mouth!

As you begin your day ask God to help you implement these two “open mouth policies”.

“O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise…” (Psalm 51:15)

Ask God to set a guard at your mouth and to help you, first of all, voice praise to Him. Find the things in your situations to be thankful for and voice them. If you can’t find anything to be thankful for praise God for His character, that He is able to do more than you can imagine in your situation. Declare praise! It is a powerful tool of your mouth!

“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life…” (Proverbs 10:11)

We seldom feel like we are righteous. Yet God calls us just that as His children who have accepted the forgiveness He offers through Jesus. As His children He tells us our mouths should be “a fountain of life”. What a word picture!

A fountain gives off…

  • refreshment
  • cooling from the heat
  • cleansing
  • encouragement that brings life
  • beauty

Ask God today to help you as you speak. Ask Him to open your lips to bring life words to those you encounter. Many are desperately in need of a word of encouragement. As we become proactive in speaking praise to God first, our own hearts will become encouraged. Then we will be more able to allow Him to flow a fountain of life words through our lips. Ask God to fill your mouth with His words and His ways. You will find yourself less reactive with words that tend to cut and bring hurt and destruction.

prayer & reflection

Father God,
Today I ask that You would fill my mouth with thanksgiving and praise to You first. Let me be aware of bringing a fountain of life into the situations where I walk and into the rooms I enter today. Help me, by the power of Your Holy Spirit, to use my lips to speak life words.
In Jesus strong name I pray. Amen.