• William T. Howe Ph.D.

June 16, 2021

Daily Reading: Psalm 17-20

Psalm 19:14

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

That such a prayer would be ours. That we would pray from the place of sincerity, genuineness, and realness that the words of our mouth and the meditation of our heart would be acceptable in the sight of the Lord. That would be truly amazing!

This prayer reflects a state of mind and heart that may not have existed in us yesterday but can exist today and tomorrow. Yes, each and every person could decide to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord God just by controlling that which they meditate upon and the words that they utter. After all Jesus said in Luke 6:45: A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. He ties the contents of the heart (that which a person continually meditates upon) to that which is spoken.

To live a life that is acceptable in the sight of the Lord is a rare desire, not many consciously live with this thought. King David’s insight is deeper than it first appears. While he speaks in the first person and his actions are the focus, he tacitly implies that the Lord can either approve or disapprove of one’s meditations and words. The word “let” is a powerful word. It means more than to allow, for it carries with it the power of enablement. If a person were to say, “Let me carry that box of books for you” they not only communicate their willingness to carry your box of books, but they also relay their ability, or power, to complete the task. The same is true with David’s statement. With the word “let” he connects his desire with his ability or power to do that which follows.

The king not only wanted the words of his mouth and the meditation of his heart to be acceptable in the sight of the Lord. He also indicates that he has the power to do so and will do so.

Why would the Lord’s acceptance of David’s meditation and words be so important? Because, this king knew that the Lord God of Heaven was not only his Strength, but also his Redeemer. David needed both and appreciated the importance of both. So should we.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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