As I woke up this morning my mind was ringing with, “Out of your heart, your mouth speaks.” It kept ringing and singing in my mind. I said, “what is out of my heart and mouth?” No answer, so when there is no answer I go to the Word of God, the Bible.
Looking in the concordance I found so many scriptures on the ‘mouth’, the ‘heart’, ‘speaking’ and more.
Matthew 12:34 “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” vs 35 “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.”
Matthew 15:18 “But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart.”
Rolling over and over in my mind is the thought that I want to be a person who speaks faith. I want to speak a positive word to the one who needs that word. I want the Lord to be able to count on me to speak a good word in season and out of season. To me that means when a friend needs to hear something good, I will be able to give that positive word. A pure word not just a candy coated word that tickles the ear but a word based on the Word of God.
It is so important to always have that good word in your heart. It is what you feed on. If you feed on strawberries and peaches you will speak sweetly. If you feed on sour grapes and stink weed, you will spew the same.
Philippians 4:8 tells us, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”
So the old sayings of “what goes in comes out” or “garbage in, garbage out” is so true. What ever we put in our hearts and minds will come out eventually. Let us hope that it is the good not the bad and the ugly.
I guess the bottom line is to walk in forgiveness and keep the Word of God hidden in your heart.
I’ve been sitting here listening to the most wonderful music. It has ministered to my soul. I started out with the Mama’s and the Papa’s singing “Monday, Monday” then “California Dreaming.” I’ve moved on to “Scheherazade” by Rimsky-Korsakov. Next was George Gershwin and “Rhapsody in Blue” followed by Ferde Grofe’s “Grand Canyon Suite.”
I love listening to the worship music of Bill and Gloria Gaither. They have written so many wonderful worship songs, songs that lift your spirit. One can lay on the couch all day and just listen to music. All types of music, but there are some that minister more than others. I guess my age is showing, I don’t like “rap.”
When I was growing up first thing in the morning the radio went on and it was “hillbilly” music. I heard “Grandpa Jones and the Clinch Mountain Clan” and it was just 5 am. As soon as my father left for work, my mother would change the radio station and we listened for the rest of the day to “Montavoni” and light symphony music.
Of course on Saturday’s we listened to the regular programs of “Let’s pretend”, “The Shadow” and “The Green Hornet” and more. I’ve never developed a taste for the hillbilly, blue grass or country western. My teen years brought Perry Como, Frank Sinatra and more.
So many books have been written on music. The Bible is full of music, I love the Psalms and what David wrote. Psalm 96:1 “Sing to the Lord a new song, sing to the Lord, all the earth.” Oh, there are so many to share but I’ll let you check them out for yourself.
The Lord God made us in his likeness. He must have loved music, He made me and I love music. Much has been written about how music can minister healing, restore relationships, bring forgiveness and join two hearts. Music has the power to bring joy, to bring tears, to bring every emotion in our hearts.
Today, I am rejoicing in music, I’m relaxing in music, I’m letting it restore my soul. Oh, yes, I am enjoying music at this very moment. It is “Belero” by Maurice Ravel.
On the fourth of July I love to hear the “1812 Overture” with cannons blasting. There are so many highs and lows but I choose the highs.
Go turn on your radio, or turn on the CD’s and listen to some good music, let it minister to your soul.