In my book, “Victorious Living: more than a conqueror,” chapter seven is entitled, “Observing Your Life.” What do folks see when they observe your life? All that we do visually and behind doors is observed by others.
What we think and what we do are intricately connected. They spill out like water being poured from a pitcher. All words come from thoughts. Though our thoughts are private, the fruit of those thoughts can be observed through our actions.
I was grocery shopping this morning. There was a customer two ahead of me waiting for the bagger to finish. The words coming out of their mouth, and the expressions on their face revealed the fruit of an angry inner dialogue.
David had a wise prayer that needs to be hidden in our hearts as well. Psalm 19:14 says, “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 107:2 says, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy…” Verse 20 says, “He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”
Is your life a testimony of being redeemed? David said in Psalm 40:2-3 that, “He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay…He has put a new song in my mouth—praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.”
Psalm 104:33-34 says, ”I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. May my meditation be sweet to Him; I will be glad in the Lord.” I want to draw our attention to the three ‘I will’s’ because that is key.
Saying, ‘I will’ sets our heart in the right direction. Two words that declare purpose and intention. We can take our example from a man’s words in the midst of a deep trial. Habakkuk 3:18 says, “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”
What do others observe as you go through your hard trials? Here is our mandate for giving preference to our intent with ‘I will’ from Hebrews 13:15. It says, “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”