Friday, February 12

A prayer

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.

Observation

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.  

Application

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.