Words from the Heart for Monday April 26th, 2021
Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws. Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget your law.
Psalm 119:108-109 (NIV)
I Will Not Forget
Je me souviens is the official motto of Quebec. The motto, translated literally into English, means: “I remember.” It may be paraphrased as conveying the meaning: “We do not forget, and will never forget, our ancient lineage, traditions, and memories of all the past.” In 1883 Eugène-Étienne Taché, Assistant Commissioner for Crown lands in Quebec and architect of the provincial Parliament building, had the motto carved in stone below the coat of arms of Quebec, which appears above the Parliament Building’s main entrance door.
We tend to remember the highlights of our lives. Those things that affect us most profoundly are unforgettable. It might be an experience that changed our lives, or an “I remember where I was when….” moment in history. It could be a song that we heard during a profoundly impactful event or a scent that we recall from our youth. For King David, it was God’s law that he would never forget. In Psalm 119:108-109 he wrote “Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws. Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget your law.” David had put God’s law to memory, and no matter what was going on in his life, God’s law would come to his mind. What was the secret of David’s ability to rule according to God’s law? The answer to that question is in his request – Lord, teach me your laws. David had a teachable spirit, that was filled with praise and longing for God. If we are going to live a life that honours God, we too must have a heart filled with praise and a mind filled with the Word of God.
These have been words from the heart.