Psalm 19:14 has been one of the most influential verses in my life so far.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”
For some context, I’d like to share a snippet of the commentary on this particular 19th Psalm from EnduringWord.com: “The title tells us both the author and the audience of the psalm: To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. Some believe that the Chief Musician is the Lord GOD Himself, and others suppose him to be a leader of choirs or musicians in David’s time, such as Heman the singer or Asaph
“This Psalm reflects, more than any other, the beauty and splendor of the Hebrew poetry found in the Psalter. I take this to be the greatest poem in the Psalter and one of the greatest lyrics in the world.” (-Willem VanGemeren)
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight”: David closed this glorious psalm with a humble surrender of his mouth and heart to God. He knew that real godliness was not only a matter of what a man did, but also of what he said and thought in his heart.
This was not a proud proclamation that David knew he was innocent and blameless; it was a plea to be made so by the transforming power of God.
I had the fourteenth verse of this psalm on my email signature line for many years. I struggle sometimes with the words of my mouth… they aren’t always what I want them to be, and having this verse at the bottom of every communication I sent electronically was a daily helpful reminder. I want my words to flow forth like a golden river of blessing.
But where those do those words come from? – My heart.
In the English language, we use the word heart to refer to a large and very essential organ that pumps all our blood through our body. We also use it to refer to “the central or innermost part of something.” My core, who I am, the character I have. This is where my words come from… it starts with my thoughts that I allow to live inside my mind. Those then translate out as my spoken and written words.
Meditations? What is that?
The word in this verse translated as “meditations” means a “murmuring sound” or “musical notation”. So literally… the murmurings or music of my heart.
I’ve actually been learning what meditation looks like lately – we do a lot of praying to God sometimes, but then do we ever stop to let him get a word in edgewise? Or do we go back to our day, completely ignoring what he may have to say to us?
Meditation is finding a quiet place and sitting still, being mindful of your thoughts. Sometimes I sit and consciously think “I’m listening, Lord…” and then wait for him to bring thoughts to mind.
“Acceptable in thy sight” … God always accepts ME, as his beloved child, but I want my thoughts and meditations to be pleasing to him. I want to give him delight when he hears what I am saying and thinking (for God knows my heart and mind)!
I can only do this through HIS strength, not my own.
He has redeemed me!
King David looked to the Lord GOD to be his strength and redemption. He knew that he needed a Redeemer, and that the faithful God would rescue him.
“Strength” in this verse can also be translated as Rock. God’s strength is like a mighty rock that rescues us and gives us a firm standing place.
“Redeemer” is that great Hebrew word goel, the kinsman-redeemer. It was the goel who bought his relative out of slavery, who rescued him in bankruptcy and total loss. King David looked to God Himself as his kinsman-redeemer.
This psalm has run a glorious course. It begins with recognizing the glory of God in creation, and then the glory of His written revelation. Next to this great God and His great works, David knew himself to be small and sinful. Yet this great God would also be David’s strength and Redeemer as David put his trust in Him. The glorious God of creation and revelation was also the glorious God of personal relationship and redemption for His people. King David knew this; so should we.
I thank God for his goodness towards me, for what Jesus did on the cross to pay for my redemption, and that the work he did is complete and final. Praise the Lord!
Will you join me in this prayer of surrender and purity?
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.
Blessings on your day,
Julia Arambam, FCAP Social Media Manager