May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, o LORD, my rock and my redeemer. -Psalm 19:14
These words have been spoken as a prayer in many groups I have been in. I remember one group of ladies said these words at the end of each weekly meeting. It was out of habit but I wonder how many actually meant what they were saying, including myself at the time.
I read the full chapter of Psalm 19 today which helps put these words into perspective. Often times we take a passage of scripture out of context because it sounds good and it “fits” into our way of thinking.
The beginning of the Psalm David shares with us about the heavens and the skies proclaiming the glory of the Lord. They speak out day after day, night after night without any words, yet their message continues to go throughout the world how amazing God is. The sun rises and goes down the same each day. Nothing can hide its heat.
Have you ever been amazed at God’s creation? I look at the stars, the seas, the mountains and I am in awe. I think God has done an amazing job creating all of these. I cannot help but to sing out in praise when I see his handiwork. I believe God allows his creation to speak volumes to us without using words, but just by being. They reflect God’s creativity and wonder.
The rest of the Psalm talks about God’s instructions, decrees and commandments. God’s instructions for our lives revives our souls (v 7), his decrees are trustworthy. His commandments are right and when we follow them, we have joy. They give us insight how to live and his laws are true and fair. They are desirable, sweeter than honey, yet a warning and a reward for us.
God’s Word was spoken into being. God gave the commandments to the Moses and the Israelites. These commands were spoken throughout the ages. Those who followed his commandments were blessed beyond measure. God was always with those who obeyed his Word. There is power in his Word because it comes from the Lord Himself. “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires” (Hebrews 4:12).
Nature speaks to us without words. God’s Word speaks to us through the Holy Spirit. When we come into contact with the written Word of God we cannot help but to be changed. His Word convicts us, shows us where we are going wrong in our walk and what we need to do to be right with Him. His Word gives us hope, it speaks right into our very souls. His Word is power, it is a weapon against the enemy as part of our spiritual warfare (see Eph. 6:17).
David asks how can he know the sins lurking in his heart. Then he asks God to cleanse him from any hidden faults he cannot see. He doesn’t want to sin. His desire is to live a holy life before God. He therefore asks God to not allow deliberate sins to control him so he can be free from guilt and innocent of great sin (vs 12-13).
When is the last time we said this to God? I honestly don’t know of anyone who wants to be under the microscope to know every filthy detail of our lives being shown to us. It makes us feel awful. Yet, in reality, this is what David is asking God to do. He asks God to find anything that is keeping him away from being holy as God is holy and to show him those things so he can confess them.
Once he’s been under the microscope and confessed his sins, David prays this last verse I mentioned at the beginning: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer” (v 14). David’s desire is for every word he speaks and what he thinks be pleasing to God.
Jesus said in the gospels that what we speak comes from the heart and sadly for many those words are what defiles them (see Matthew 15:18). Our hearts must be pure and pleasing as what comes out of our moths reflects what is in our hearts.
So, how can we our words be pleasing to God? Keep our hearts pure. How can our hearts be pure? Meditating on God’s Word. How can we hear God’s voice? Read God’s Word. Pray. Spend some time outdoors or near his creation, giving Him praise. Worship Him. Very simple.
Prayer: Jesus, we have prayed this scripture so many times that the words have become so familiar to us, yet often times lack meaning to our hearts. Thank you for speaking to us through your creation. Thank you especially for your Word which teaches us right from wrong. Jesus, today we ask that you would put us under the microscope. Find everything which is keeping us from being right before you. Please show us those things which are not pleasing and help us to repent of those things. Jesus, we pray together with David, May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing to you, O LORD, our Rock and our Redeemer. Amen.