“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.” -Psalm 19:14
Dear Saints, The prayer found in Psalm 19:14 is one that Pastor Kris prays before beginning each sermon. It’s a reminder to pause, to reorient one’s attention to the Lord, and remember that our words and our thoughts can glorify God. We certainly hope that the words of the preacher glorify God. (But we recognize that sometimes we may falter.) We hope that the thoughts of the congregation will turn to the Lord during the sermon. (But of course distractions often creep in.) But when else could this prayer be employed, outside of the worship context, to remind us to turn our attention to the Lord?
Imagine remembering this prayer when you’re heading into a difficult conversation or a contentious environment: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.” How might the encounter be changed once God has been invited into your speech and your thought? How might you feel going into this kind of a situation with the reminder that God along is your strength?
Imagine praying this prayer before calling a friend who’s going through a difficult time or experiencing a loss: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.” Not only would the prayer give you a moment to pause and collect yourself before picking up the phone, but letting this request be made known to God would remind you that you do not speak your words alone, but the word of God as well. How might remembering God your strength and redeemer might empower you to share your faith with the person on the other end of the line?
Imagine all the places you could bring this prayer with you. It’s not just for church! In fact, it might be most needed outside the sanctuary walls. Let this prayer, or another prayer of the heart, remind you that you do not speak on your own, but you bring with you the Word of God. Let prayer remind you that everywhere you go, you bring the strength and the grace of God your redeemer. Thanks be to God!