David: An Acceptable Offering
“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?
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2/11/2020 09:25:15 am
Psalm 19:14 has been a frequent prayer of my heart. The Scripture that probably comes to mind most frequently about thoughts is 2 Corinthians 10:5 about taking them captive. Then there is Philippians 4:8 concerning what kinds of things to focus our thoughts on. It strikes me that both of those verses are active rather than passive--filling our minds with God's truth rather than passively letting our thoughts roam where they will. And we can only do any of that by God's grace because He is our strength and Redeemer.
2/11/2020 09:45:33 am
These are great thoughts, Barbara! Thank you for sharing. I especially go to Philippians 4:8 when dealing with anxious thoughts. So thankful for His abundant, life-giving grace!
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.
2/11/2020 09:47:00 am
Great verse, April! We need His grace to surrender every day.
2/12/2020 07:25:40 am
I loosely throw myself into that category, Laurie (just as I loosely throw myself into the "runner" category as well LOL), but you are so right—thought and words are so important. Proverbs 18:2 is an excellent reminder!
2/11/2020 01:04:54 pm
Our words are so important and hold such power for those around us. But our inner words and thoughts do the same for us. They can trip us up of encourage us. We want our thoughts to be full of God's truth.
2/12/2020 07:27:09 am
Theresa, you are so right. I love the illustration of the feather pillow that we will share in our post tomorrow. It's a powerful reminder!
2/12/2020 07:28:15 am
Yes, Joanne, most of our problems in life begin as a heart problems.
2/11/2020 04:30:47 pm
David is one of those Bible heroes I cannot wait to meet in heaven. I do have some questions for him!!!
2/12/2020 07:29:29 am
Me too, Susan! Fascinating character! What a life he lived, and so many lessons for us from it!
2/11/2020 10:22:59 pm
Oh how happy I am that we have the writings of David in our Bible! He is so illustrative of the wide range of emotions we all can feel. There are multiple days when I pray using his words.
2/12/2020 07:30:59 am
Lisa, his words in the Psalms have gotten many of us through tough days. So thankful for them!
2/12/2020 11:48:06 am
I need to pray Ps 19:14 more regularly.
2/12/2020 01:33:27 pm
We all do, Lauren. Thanks for stopping by! :)
2/12/2020 11:48:28 am
I recall singing Psalm 19 in my childhood at young people's meeting. Our choir director turned verses 7-11 it into a beautiful melody that has stayed with me ever since
2/12/2020 01:33:56 pm
Sounds lovely, Yvonne!
2/13/2020 01:16:30 pm
Great post and verses. I love to recite and meditate on Philippians 4:8. It helps to keep my mind and thoughts focused where it needs to be.
2/13/2020 01:55:18 pm
Me too, Angela! It's my go-to verse when anxiety takes control.
Psalm 19:14 is my prayer as I write on my blog and work on my art. I want to be fully surrendered to God and bring glory to Him while encouraging others. Thank you for this post about David and an acceptable offering. Blessings to you! I'm your neighbor at #LMMLinkup.
2/14/2020 07:27:36 am
"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight..." (Psalm 19:14).<— THAT should be what all of us are praying daily, Gayl. Thanks for this excellent reminder!
3/12/2020 07:03:12 pm
I need this reminder too, Maree. :)
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