"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 (ESV)
We use this scripture often in the church as the Prayer for Illumination before hearing the word proclaimed. Psalm 19 begins by speaking of God’s unspoken word as displayed in creation (v. 1-6). God is not limited to the written word but at work in the world around us. We observe him with our hearts and all of our senses.
The author speaks of the perfection of God’s law (v. 7-10). Whereas the author knew only the Torah, today we know Jesus Christ as the law’s fulfillment. When we read and reflect upon God’s word as Christians, we acknowledge the Bible’s entirety as pure and divine. God’s word spoken through different authors with one unifying and consistent message--God’s salvation plan for humanity.
In conclusion, the author demonstrates the awe and respect by which they--and by extension, we-- hold God’s law (v.11-14). At the center of our faith is the certainty that God is our foundation--the word spoken and unspoken. Through his Son Jesus Christ, we have a path of redemption--God’s restoration plan.
When we hear the message of God’s consistent love for us, beginning with Genesis through Revelation, proclaimed, we stand in awe. We take these words to heart and internalize them, allowing them to mold and make our hearts into what is acceptable to God.
Father God, we give you thanks for your divine Word given to us. In your word, we hear the consistency of your love for undeserving people. It is through your grace that we experience salvation. God, help as we read your word, transform our hearts. Let the things that we proceed from our mouths glorify you. Please help us say only things that would encourage and build up and not tear down. We ask this in the name of your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.