Friday, February 12
Scripture: Exodus 35-36, Psalm 19, Acts 19
Psalm 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Psalm 19 is a beautiful psalm that extols creation and God’s word. God is revealed and known through His creation and His word. The psalm ends with this simple, profound prayer: the psalmist asks that his words and his thoughts would be acceptable to God.
This week I was listening to Dr. Jerry Sittser teach on the person of Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the Trinity. He started each session by praying this prayer: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
It reminded me of Dr. Song Nai Rhee, one of my professors at Northwest Christian College, who began every class with this prayer. I can still hear him praying it…and I have this verse memorized as a result of hearing it so often.
It’s a good prayer to pray every day.
When I heard this yesterday and read this today, I immediately remembered “meditations” or thoughts that I know wouldn’t be acceptable to the Lord! Our words and our actions flow out of our thoughts. Our imagination fuels everything else in our lives, which is why I want “the meditation of my heart” to be acceptable to the Lord.
Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Matthew 12:34 For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
So this is my prayer today…and I want to bring every word, every thought, every imagination and meditation and set it before the Lord.
Prayer: May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.