Words from the Heart for Friday May 31st, 2019
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalm 19:14 (KJV)
My Mouth and My Heart
Where is the heart of Canada, you ask? The people of Baker Lake, Nunavut, are proud of their coordinates: 64 degrees, 18 minutes, 41 seconds N, and 96 degrees, 4 minutes, 8 seconds W. In 1951, someone hammered a sign into the dirt proclaiming, “Geographical centre of Canada.” Around 1,600 km south, the rural municipality of Taché, MB, has lately started bragging about its centrality, as well. While Baker Lake claims to be the centre both in longitude and latitude, Taché celebrates longitude alone. People there recently announced visions for a $5-million project: the Centre of Canada Park.
The Bible is filled with prayers. People long to cry out to the Lord. There are prayers of praise and supplication. There are prayers of petition and confession. And then there is Psalm 19:14: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” This prayer is used often by Christians – in private devotions and public worship. It is really the heart cry of every believer. Our desire is that God would be pleased by the words that we speak and by that which is in our hearts. When this is our desire, we can trust the Lord to lead us. His Holy Spirit will help us pray. He will begin by working in our hearts so that as we meditate on Him, He will speak into our situation. And the words that we speak will pour forth from our hearts. Prayer ought to begin with meditation, taking time to focus on the Lord. Then we will know that the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts will be acceptable to the Lord.
These have been words from the heart.