“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”
As a young girl growing up in church I heard this scripture quoted many times by the seasoned Christians in church. Before long I could quote it just as the same. But now that I have grown in my faith, I realize that this is such a strong prayer moment with God. All day, we subconsciously and consciously worry about what we say and do and how it is perceived by others. Whether it is at home, work, school or play, we are built to look for some form of acceptance.
Yet David takes acceptance to another level asking for God’s stamp of approval. Not for good deeds that can be measured. But for the inward words of the heart that are never spoken and also for the words which do end up coming out. What would your life be like if before you spoke, you said this prayer? For example, imagine you are right about to get into an argument and right before you respond to the other person - you utter these words – “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer”. By the time you say this prayer, it’s almost guaranteed that any negativity would be counteracted right away. Today I’m going to make an effort to monitor my heart talk and look for God’s stamp of approval in all I do.
Lord I want to be acceptable in your sight. Not just by my outward deeds that man can see. But try my inner thoughts – the things I consume my mind with. And even more consider the words of my mouth.