by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to you, Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14, CEB)
Does today’s verse seem familiar? It might for some, especially those who are familiar with delivering or hearing certain prayers before a message, talk, or sermon. I had a pastor in my youth who prayed this verse before delivering any message. I took that on for a spell early in my ministry, but found myself gravitating more to extemporaneous prayers before too long. There is nothing wrong with praying this verse AT ALL, but I realized something quite convicting as I transitioned the way I prayed prior to preaching.
Why? I’m glad you asked.
It occurred to me that praying this verse once a week (or more, depending upon how often I taught or preached) merely was inadequate. This has no bearing on God whatsoever, but what I realized is it couldn’t just be about preparing for a message, but preparing my life to be the message. Let that sink in.
Today’s verse isn’t just for preachers and teachers, but everyone who knows the Lord as rock and redeemer. This is a lifestyle verse! It directs us to live differently. Every. Single. Day.
Does it sync with the way you live? I sure want it to synchronize with my life, and realize how far I have to go; therefore, it can’t be a prayer for merely a moment, but an entire life.
This is the essence of my prayer for my day, and I lift it up for you today, too.
Let it be, Lord; let it be.
Prayer: Dear God, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to you, Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Amen.