March 3

Psalm 19

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” vs. 14

The psalmist had been led to create a prayer for the use of his congregation, and he used the opportunity to pour out the meditations of his heart with as much grace and beauty as he could muster. He was a keen observer of nature and saw the fingerprints of God in every part of the creation. As a person of faith he also recognized the blessing of the law, and saw in the commandments God’s design for the perfect life. But as the words of his poem came together he became deeply conscious of his own fallibility. He knew how easy it would be for him to slide into error–there was no guarantee that his writing would be worthy. So he closes his prayer with the familiar words, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord…” He wanted all the glory to go to God! Those same words are often used by contemporary preachers and teachers as they prepare prayers and sermons by meditating on the texts of nature and scripture. To present the Word is a massive responsibility and it’s so easy to be led astray. Thank God for those persons whose meditations are guided by humble spirits and whose words inform and inspire our lives. They are indeed a gift from God!

Thought for the Day: How do faithful preachers craft their sermons?

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