Words from the Heart for Saturday February 4th, 2017
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)
Acceptable in God’s Sight
It is very possible that you have memorized this verse. If not, you can do that today! Our words are connected to our hearts. We need the Lord to work deep within us so that our words honour Him and benefit others. We are accountable to Him. He is our strength to make that happen. He is also our Redeemer when we fail. Make it your prayer, “Yes, Lord, be honoured by my words today.”
Canada’s Citizenship Act requires that new citizens have “an adequate knowledge of one of the official languages of Canada,” which are English and French. The federal government defines “adequate knowledge” as having the equivalent of Level 4 for speaking and listening in English or French using the Canadian Language Benchmarks. This level means you can, in English or French: take part in short, everyday conversations about common topics; understand simple instructions, questions and directions; use basic grammar, including simple structures and tenses; and show that you know enough common words and phrases to answer questions and express yourself. A judgment is made by reading the documents supplied for the application process for citizenship and the ease by which either English or French is used during the interview process for citizenship.
A few years ago Christians got caught up in asking “what would Jesus do?” People wore wrist bands and t-shirts and baseball caps with WWJD on it. It really is a great question, and the only way to answer that question is to study God’s word and understand of the principles of the Kingdom of heaven. But there is another question that is just as important and I haven’t seen anyone wearing a wrist band with this question on it. Psalm 19:14 says “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” The question is “what is acceptable to Jesus?” Again the only way to answer this question is to be so familiar with God’s word that we know what is acceptable to the Lord. It begins with this prayer – that the words we speak and the thoughts we have, that the things hidden in our hearts, will be acceptable to the Lord. This isn’t possible in our own sinful strength, however. David knew he needed the Lord to do a work in his heart. It begins with God being his redeemer. Until Jesus removes our sin and draws us into a relationship with Him by grace, we cannot speak or meditate acceptably. Our words and our thoughts will always be self-focused and self-absorbed. Only when Jesus is on the throne of our lives will we be acceptable to God. Is He on the throne of your heart?
These have been words from the heart.