By Brooke Holt
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14
Many, many years ago I heard a sermon from this passage of Scripture. The eloquent preacher (who was probably my husband) exhorted us to begin our days with this prayer. It clearly made an impression upon me as I am writing about it today.
How often do my feet hit the floor and my day begins, and I have not asked the Lord to guide my words and to make them a blessing to him and to others? Beyond words, the Psalmist encourages us to also make all the meditations of our hearts acceptable to the Lord. What does that mean and how do we do that?
It begins with remembering who God is—your rock and your redeemer. He is the one who loves you, knows you, and has a good plan for your life. Beyond that, God is your creator and the one who fully understands you. He knows what you are thinking and why you are thinking it. Through his Holy Spirit, the Lord wants to cleanse your thoughts to make them align with his thoughts. He wants to remove self-doubt and pity; he wants to wash away guilt and shame; he wants to break through your small thinking to see his ways and purposes.
When you truly understand the glory of the Lord, the love of the Lord, and his perfect plans, it is much easier to surrender to him and to then seek to honor him with every word and every thought. When you do not know the goodness of the Lord towards you, you’ll feel a need to find your own way. Your own way leads to self-protection, promotion, and often destruction. God has a much better plan for you!
May you learn to offer your day to the one who loves you infinitely and perfectly!
Could your days be different if you began with this prayer, offering your words and your thoughts to the Lord? Is today the day to begin this prayer? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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