“Let the words of my mouth and meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
I often use the phrase, “stinking thinking,” when talking about how I talk to myself. I’m not sure where I first heard it but I love the rhyme and the image. It helps to remind myself that I need to stop thinking negatively. Too often, I’m prone to see the negative about myself.
- “I’m old”
- “I’m overweight”
- “I’ll never be able to do that.”
- “Why even try to improve, it never helps.”
Stinking thinking plagues many of us. And while I don’t know that the psalmist was necessarily thinking about how we talk to ourselves in Psalm 19. I don’t think it’s much of a stretch when he asks for his words to be pleasing to the Lord, that he wasn’t just speaking about how we talk about others. We fall short of this request if we speak nicely about others but speak poorly of ourselves.
God calls us his children, the apple of his eye, and he was willing to send his Son to die on our behalf. So if our words and meditations are to be acceptable to the Lord, we have to stop the “stinking thinking” whether it’s about ourselves or others. Let’s rejoice that we are fearfully and wonderfully made and that our words about ourselves and others reflect this wonderful truth. So the all the words of our mouth and the meditation of our heart will be pleasing to the Lord and not stinky.