Acceptance by Our Strength And Redeemer

(Psalm 19:14)

Mike Johnson

Psalm 19:14 says, “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 found at the end of a very beautiful Psalm.  In verses 1-6, the writer spoke about the heavens declaring the glory of God and the firmament showing His handy work.  Through natural revelation, one can realize there is a God.  In verses 7-11, he spoke about special revelation. This pertains to God’s written message which tells us about the God.  Then in verses 12-14, in response to the first two concepts, he looked inwardly, turning to God in prayer and asking for forgiveness.

From verse 14, we learn it is important to be “acceptable” to God.  Further, we learn that one way we make ourselves acceptable is by using our tongue in such a way as to be pleasing to Him.  We can commit sins with our tongue by lying, using profanity, engaging in gossip, etc. James 3:5 reveals, “… the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!” Proverbs 21:23 warns, “Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.” Paul admonished in Colossians 4:6, “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”

Further, our thoughts, (meditations) must also be acceptable.  In verse 14, words and thoughts are spoken of but not deeds.  Why is this?  It could be said deeds have already been dealt with earlier.  However, verse 14 stands independent in this respect.  Our thoughts (“meditation of my heart”) are inclusive of deeds.  It is important to realize the thoughts of the heart are the source from which actions spring. In Mark 7:20-23, Jesus said, “…What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”  (Note also Phil. 4:8.) If a person keeps his heart pure, he will not have so many problems with his deeds. It has been said, “We are not always what we think we are, but we are always what we think.”

In the last part of verse 14, the writer referred to God as his strength.  The Hebrew word used here can be defined by Vine as, “rock; rocky wall; cliff; rocky hill; mountain; rocky surface; boulder” (Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)  Many translations render the word simply as “rock.” Psalm 18:2– says, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”  Commenting on this passage Barnes points out the following.

The idea in this expression, and in the subsequent parts of the description, is that he owed his safety entirely to God. He had been unto him as a rock, a tower, a buckler, etc. – that is, he had derived from God the protection which a rock, a tower, a citadel, a buckler furnished to those who depended on them, or which they were designed to secure. The word “rock” here has reference to the fact that in times of danger a lofty rock would be sought as a place of safety, or that men would fly to it to escape from their enemies. Such rocks abound in Palestine; and by the fact that they are elevated and difficult of access, or by the fact that those who fled to them could find shelter behind their projecting crags, or by the fact that they could find security in their deep and dark caverns, they became places of refuge in times of danger; and protection was often found there when it could not be found in the plains below.”(Barnes’ Notes, Electronic Database Copyright © 1997, 2003, 2005, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc.)

Sometimes one person may refer to another as his/her rock.  On a higher plain, God is our rock: He is our source of strength and our refuge.

David also referred to God as his redeemer. In the Old Testament, God is often referred to in this way.  The word redeemer simply means “buy back.”  God redeemed his people from sin, death, and danger. David probably recalled many occasions where God had delivered him, but he may not have understood the details regarding the true price of redemption.  The cost would be Jesus, having been sent by God, dying for the sins of mankind on the cross. Ephesians 1:7 points out, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”

It is important to be acceptable to God.  We must make sure our words, thoughts, and deeds are in keeping with the Will of our Creator who is our strength and our redeemer.