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Psalms 130:6 KJV “My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning” We often associate night with trials, and darkness with struggle and rough seasons of life. I don’t know about you, but I certainly do not enjoy harsh seasons, but rather I see them as something I need to suffer through, and claw my way out of, barely surviving. The above scripture in the New Living Translation says this “I long for the Lord more than sentries long for the dawn, yes, more than…

 “7 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. 8 The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” Psalms 32:7-8 With all the chaos that is going on right now in our world, a place of refuge, quiet and peace sounds amazing. I think we are all longing for a place like this! How incredible for us that it can be found in our very own homes, in the presence of God. His victory can surround you right now…

“Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3

Am I the only one who often finds myself wishing I had never opened my mouth and said things that would have been better left unsaid? I am sure it happens to all of us at one time or another.

Perhaps, it is something that a friend has told us in confidence, and in a conversation with others, we mention it, and too late, realize we were not supposed to tell. We can ask those who heard us to keep it quiet, but we know that they are going to do the same thing we did and tell someone else.

Perhaps, in a moment of frustration with someone, we lash out with unkind words. Even though we apologize, and they have said they forgive us, the situation will come back to haunt us when we are trying to get to sleep at night
Sometimes, it may be thoughts that we have let build up in your mind, and without intentionally wanting to, we blurt them out, knowing that we should not have done so.

This verse in Psalms is one I pray in the mornings, asking the Lord to guide my thoughts and my words for the day. For out of the abundance of our heart, our words come and they have power to hurt and to humiliate others. We will always make mistakes, but as we pray and seek God, He is able to give us victory over this problem.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, guard my every word and help me to only speak what gives honour and glory to you.

Devotion by: Anne Johnston