“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to You, Oh Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)
We really cannot leave this Psalm without pondering it’s most famous verse.
David concludes his song of contemplation with a prayerful hope – that his words and his heart’s concerns have been an act of true worship before His Maker.
It also reveals to us that worship of God is far more than just the songs we sing or the words we say. At the heart of the matter, worship is a matter of the heart.
The “meditations of my heart” speak the the central issue of all of worship… whether it be the living God – or the things/activities/people we adore as His replacement.
“Meditations” is a reference to what occupies our times of deepest thought, what fills us with hope or anticipation, or what leads to the expenditure of the majority of our time and resources.
What we think about most… is what we tend to worship most.
In this Psalm, David invites us to ponder God as our Almighty Creator… and to marvel at the wisdom and wonder of His insights into what gives life its greatest joy (God’s perfect Law). When the meditations of our hearts are centered in our love for God and His love for us, then we can know that our priorities in life will align with the One we least want to disappoint. Our actions always flow out of what is in our hearts – and only love can move us to be the best of us.
That’s why love is the fulfillment of the Law (Romans 13:10 ). Love is at the heart of God – and when we love Him first and foremost, then we are motivated by His heart, His love… and our actions truly reflect Him.
It takes courage to honestly evaluate the meditations of our hearts – but is essential to guarding ourselves from the tragedy of self-deception. It is human nature to convince ourselves that, in spite of our issues, we are always better off than someone else (and therefore, okay!).
But a true heart of worship begins with a true and honest heart. We must be what we say we are… and if not, then we must repent (change our thinking) to align with what is right and true. Our meditations reveal our hearts and we must make absolutely certain that our meditations reveal a heart of true worship for God.