Pleasing Words And Pleasing Thoughts

How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults.
Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don't let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt  and innocent of great sin.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:12-14 NLT)


This is a prayer of David. This is the prayer of a man who truly desires to live for God, at the core of his being. David is so overwhelmed by the desire to please God that he is even concerned about sins that might be hidden in his heart, waiting to surface. He appeals to the LORD for cleansing.
He is also concerned about sins that he might commit on purpose. He does not want his life to be controlled by these willful sins. He even wants the private meditations of his heart to be pleasing to God.

The more I meditate over the life of David, the more struck I am by his unsanitized relationship with God. David did not go to God with a "holier than thou" attitude.  His life was "unbleached." Whether it was adultery or a crisis of faith, we read the unsanitized prayers of an imperfect but sincere man. These Psalms were not private journals discovered after the death of David. These were songs and prayers that were used publicly; a "running commentary" on his life.
David lived and wrote about his faith in the public domain. It must have been very humbling. No wonder God loved him.


These are days of carefully crafted images. What is seen in public is often different from what is done in private. Unfortunately, because we do not sincerely deal with our hidden sins, it is only a matter of time before we lose control and things come crashing down. Our carefully crafted public image invariably falls apart.

That is not what God wants. God wants us to deal sincerely with both our hidden and purposeful sins. He even wants the private thoughts of our hearts to be pleasing to Him.
Would you carefully reflect on this today?


Prayer: May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my Rock, and my Redeemer. Amen.