“Accept, LORD, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws.”
“Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.”
What does the fruit of our lips look like?
Is it ripe and beautiful from healthy roots that run deep in faith? Roots that have grown strong in Truth?
“Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”
Roots that are nourished by Living Water?
“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.”
“With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”
“But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.”
Oh, let me look like the tree firmly planted by streams of water!
Let the fruit of my lips be a beautiful offering to the Glorious King who is worthy of all praise!!
Let the fruit that You produce in and through us, Lord, be a beautiful testimony to the Life that You alone can give.
Father, You are Life. You alone offer Living Water! When our roots are planted firmly in You alone, our leaves will not wither, no matter what comes. Form in us a heart of joy, a heart of thanksgiving, a heart that looks more like Yours every day. Let the fruit of my lips be an acceptable sacrifice to You today. My desire is to continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to You! Thank You, Jesus, for the Living Water that You give, that satisfies all of our thirsts and gives us the gift of eternal life through You. In Your beautiful Name above all names, Amen.
“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”