2/9: Acceptable


In the church where I grew up, after the congregational prayer, the choir would sing:

  • Let the words of my mouth, let the words of my mouth
  • And the meditation of my heart
  • Be acceptable in thy sight
  • May thou teach us how to serve thee
  • May thou teach us how to pray

I realize now that the first few lines of this chorus come from Psalm 19:14. The New King James Version reads, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”

This verse is a great sentiment to express to God following a time of prayer. We’re saying that since God is our strength to get things done or handle the problem; and since He’s our Redeemer who has bought us with His blood to live righteously; then consider the words we’ve just said and hopefully find them acceptable. Well, what did we just pray? Would our prayers be acceptable?

What were the requests of the Psalmist that immediately preceded this closing prayer sentiment? First, David has spent verses 1 – 11 extolling God’s word. David said God’s word is perfect, sure, right, pure, clean, true, and righteous. It converts, makes wise, rejoices, enlightens, and endures. In fact, the word is more to be desired than gold and honey. David ends this part by realizing that because of all the Word is and does, obeying it brings about great reward. Would God see these sentiments as “acceptable”?

Second, in verses 12-13, David goes on to ask God to cleanse him of his secret faults and keep him from presumptuous sins. David doesn’t want sin to have dominion over him. He wants to be blameless before God and innocent of great transgression. Would God see these requests and longings as “acceptable”?

So let’s think about our prayers. How much time do we spend telling God how great His word is and how much we want to obey it? Do we ever ask God to reveal to us our “secret faults,” those things within us that we don’t want to face? After saying things of this nature, we can confidently request that our mouth’s words and our heart’s meditations will indeed be acceptable in His sight.


©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on February 9, 2013.

2 Responses to “2/9: Acceptable”

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  2. I used to sing a very smiliar version to Robert every night, along with the Barney song. He would even say, “sing may the words” – oh how I miss rocking my baby who’s now 16 1/2 years old

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