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Have you ever covered your mouth immediately after saying something you shouldn't have? Go ahead, try it out right now. Slap your lips in embarrassed, astonished regret. The familiar feeling of that gesture alone is enough to remind us our mouths are not continually filled with praise. The psalmist promises to bless the Lord always, but we might wonder, Even on Facebook? Even on Twitter? Even when arguing with someone we don't like?

There are lots of times our mouths fall short of the glory of God. There are times the words that come out of our mouths leave others' mouths half open in shock and horror. In those moments, God doesn't slap our mouths closed; God gives us something to eat. God invites us to chew on some compassion and mercy, forgiveness and grace. God invites us to "taste and see that the Lord is good."

God, forgive my words. Forgive the words of others. Change the world with your words. Amen.

Joe Natwick '15
Associate Pastor, St. John Lutheran Church, Dickinson, N.D.

Psalm 34:1-8 (NRSV)

1 I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad.
3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.
5 Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed.
6 This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord, and was saved from every trouble.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
8 O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.

This God Pause daily devotion is brought to you by the alumni of Luther Seminary.