“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
“All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give…” so begins one of the most beloved and familiar invitation hymns. In Psalm 19:14, the psalmist expresses his ultimate desire, his desire to please the Lord through the surrender of his speech and his thoughts. Much is said in Scripture regarding our speech. James, through the direction of the Holy Spirit, wrote 18 verses regarding the control of the tongue. It is indeed “a little member” but “how great a matter a little fire kindleth” (James 3:5).
The psalmist also realizes the need to surrender his thoughts and desires to the Lord as well.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
In addition to his longing to surrender his thoughts and desires to the Lord, David realized it was only because the Lord was his Strength and his Redeemer that he would be able to live out this longing in his daily life.
“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.” Proverbs 4:23-24
“Let my mouth speak nothing but what is true, kind, and profitable;
Although our circumstances vary, we all ache with a longing for something more. We are born with dreams, and some of us even have detailed plans about how to make them happen. Yet we all come to a point in life when we realize that we are not in control. A loved one gets sick, a tragedy occurs, our plans backfire. What we may not realize is that even if we can't depend on our circumstances or even ourselves, there is One who will always provide what we need, just when we need it.
What passage of Scripture comes to mind when you think about surrendering your thoughts and desires to the Lord?
Come and Gather: Family Time With God published with permission
Pastor Jeremy Sweatt, Farmington Avenue Baptist Church, West Hartford, Connecticut
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