Updated: Apr 3, 2020
"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." (Ps 19:14 ESV)
Reading through Psalm 19 today left me encouraged and convicted. The Psalm breaks up into four portions. The first part (1-6) speak of the glory of God being declared by the heavens. They ring his glory throughout the world and no place is omitted. The second part (7-11) relishes in the LORD and the greatness of his commands, and in keeping these commands his servants will reap a great reward. Thirdly (12-13), David, the psalmist, remarks of his inability to adequately discern his sins without the intervention of God. And finally, he closes the Psalm (14) with a petition to his rock and redeemer.
My encouragement lies in the "bigness" of God that is on display in this Psalm - how His glory is being sung throughout the expanse of the earth, the descriptions of the beauty and purity of His law, the richness of his rule. My conviction lies in the close of the Psalm. I desire that this prayer of David be true of my life, as all believers should.
Can we say that our words have been pleasing and our hearts' disposition has been honoring to the Lord today? This week? This month? I imagine that many of you can relate to me in confessing that this has been a time of many questioning words an anxious thoughts. Words like 'virus' and 'quarantine' are more present on my lips than praises to God. My thoughts are defined by anxiety and distractedness more often than trust and hope in the Lord. And yet, God, our rock, remains steadfast to those that he calls his own.
Thankfully, we do not hold ourselves in the grace of God; he keeps us and maintains us, and through the blood of Jesus, our redeemer, has made us acceptable in his sight. Let the prayer of David be our prayer - that the Spirit would convict and empower us in order that the words of our mouths and meditations of our hearts would be those that are acceptable to our rock and redeemer.