my heart grew hot within me. While I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue: Psalm 39:3
David found it difficult to remain silent because it felt like a fire burning within him. He knew the need for speaking words was aching deep within his heart for there was a growing emotion and gnawing overtaking him. He resorted to meditating with the Lord before he spoke his peace.
What a great idea to allow the words we desire to speak to first rehearse them with God. Allowing ourselves to practice the skill of meditation could keep us from saying things we will later regret. When David’s heart was burning within, he practiced bringing his words before God. What a great discipline to be learned.
We all often need to let our words out but allowing them to come before God will keep them seasoned. Many times, the emotions can become under the control of God when we meditate on the words first. When anger begins to boil within, coming to God first will often diffuse the fury before it is too late. Processing the words with God can keep relationships healthy as well. It is good to talk with others about our life instead of keeping it all inside. David knew what it was like to keep his words enclosed in his heart and he also realized his need for dialogue, but he first knew the best place to go was to God.
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