"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." Psalm 19:14
King David penned this prayer hundreds of years before Christ was born. David's desire was that his life would be pleasing to God in his words, thoughts and attitudes. At times he may have allowed the meditation of his heart to wander outwith the will of God, as evidenced by the mistakes he made, but at other times his mouth was full of gratitude to God for all he had done. We only need to read the book of Psalms to realise how full of thanksgiving and praise David was towards his Lord, both for what He had done and for who He is.
The greatest example of one who lived out this prayer of David to the fullest was Jesus. Consider the words of his mouth as he was mocked, cursed and crucified: "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do". To another, as the crowds hurled their insults as he hung dying, he answered with mercy and grace: "Today you will be with me in paradise". Even in the face of unimaginable hardship and suffering, the words of His mouth and the meditation of His heart were full of grace and unfailing love.
As we guard our mouths and hearts this week let us be encouraged by our dear Lord, the Son of Man, who was in all ways tempted as we are, yet did not sin. His words are always sweet to our souls. He has never uttered a malicious word, never thought a lustful thought, never burned with wrong anger in His heart. He is indeed our rock, our redeemer and our great example. May the words of our mouths, and the meditation of our hearts be pleasing in His sight this week.
It is in that place, with conscience clear, that true happiness and joy in God is born. We know the pleasure of God and his approval as his servants here on earth.