One More Thing
Monday, May 04, 2015
Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
There is one more scenic overlook in Psalm 19 where I have to stop and take in the view. But to fully appreciate what we will see when we arrive, we need to reflect on the landscape we have seen along the way as we approach this final turn-off.
- God has revealed Himself to us through His creation, and what we see about Him is glorious. (verses 1-6)
- God has revealed Himself to us through His word, the Sacred Scriptures, and by them we are revived, made wise, motivated to joyful praise, and given enlightened guidance for life. (verses 7-8)
- God’s Word is true and trustworthy. (verse 9)
- Because of God’s revelation of Himself to us, we are overcome with love for Him and a desire to know Him more. We crave His words more than we crave any form of wealth or nourishment, for the riches of His grace hold greater reward for our lives than anything else we could desire. (verses 10-11)
If we understand and have sincerely digested these truths as King David did, we will reach the same point of concern that he did: What am I going to do about all the ways I mess up when I don’t even know I did them? That’s the question that should come to our mind when we are intently settled on obeying and serving God. How can I discern my errors?
I am probably the king of saying stupid things and twice crowned for not thinking about how what I say will affect others before I say it. I have had to restore far too many relationships because in my arrogance I spoke without proper consideration of how others will perceive both what IU say and how I said it.
David addresses both of those things in verses 12-13. He asks God to cover His hidden faults. Be clear, he is not asking God to cover the secret sins he chooses to commit. He is asking God to forgive the offenses against others that he is not aware he committed. These are the sins of omission, and we all have them. And the more intently we love God and His Word, the more we will be aware that we are not capable of living it out perfectly. But, as the Apostle John declares, if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7) Hallelujah, when we walk intentionally serving Jesus, His blood constantly cleanses us from our unknown sins.
Then in verse 13 David addresses the sins we commit intentionally – the sins of commission. He says, keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. Presumptuous sins are sins of arrogance. They are the thorns we spoke about in yesterday’s sermon. They are the sins that we choose to believe are of no threat to our relationship with God. We have decided in our pride that God surely is withholding something from us, so we choose to take from the forbidden tree and indulge in what we think will bring extra value to our lives. David declares that he desires to not let those sins have any dominion over him. He desires more than anything else to be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.
Notice what David says – any sin we choose to keep active in our lives is a great transgression against God. Our pride makes us presumptuous that the sin doesn’t really matter. Our pride causes us to look at life from our perspective and not God’s.
Now the landscape is set for a stop at the final scenic overlook and to fully appreciate the spectacular view. David declares two things in verse 14:
- The primary passion of his heart; Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD
- The practical possibility of it happening; O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
Spend all the time you want here at this rest area.
Reflect on the primary passion of your heart.
- In what ways are you already justifying certain thought patterns about life and people, and words you still want to say to others? Do you really want to keep them even though they are not pleasing in the sight of the Lord? (Romans 12:1)
And then reflect on the practical possibility of being transformed by a renewed mind (Romans 12:2) so that pleasing God is the reality of your life. He is your Rock and your Redeemer. His Holy Spirit lives in you. The life of Christ cannot disappoint the Father, and His life is in you. It is totally possible for you and I to live a life that is pleasing to the Father when we are surrendered to the life of Christ living in us. (Galatians 2:20)
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4)