May the Words of My Mouth
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
Psalm 19 ends with these oft-quoted words “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Think about what you have just read. It is a quietly powerful prayer.
We are told elsewhere in Scripture that our words proceed from our heart. In biblical and Jewish thought, the heart (leb) is the summation of all that we are. It is the seat of knowing, of feeling, of the will. Solomon writes: "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." (Proverbs 4:23) This fact is precisely why David asks that the meditations of his heart would be acceptable to God.
Think of the joy of knowing that what you are thinking has God’s approval! How freeing would that be? Next question. What are the meditations of your heart? A good place to begin is with Psalm 119. If you don’t like the words coming out of your mouth, what are you meditating on? There is a connection.