Do you ever read or recite something that has become so familiar that you forget to take stock in the meaning of the words? ALL the words?
I found this in myself recently. Almost daily, I find myself praying from Psalm 19. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.” I’ve thought long and hard about “the words of my mouth” and “the meditations of my heart.” I’ve pondered about those “being acceptable in Your sight, O Lord.” But just the other day I realized I treat the last part as, well, “throw-away” words, words that simply complete the verse.
But are there any “throw-away” words in Scripture? I found myself asking that question and having to answer no. After all, the Word is living and active, as it says in Hebrews 4:12. So I mulled over these final words of Psalm 19:14 and I realized that acknowledging the Lord as both my strength and my redeemer is significant to my words and thoughts being acceptable in His sight. The Lord is to be the foundation of my words and thoughts. And because He is my redeemer, He gives me the strength to overcome my flesh and act in ways that please a Holy God. Also, I know that when those words and thoughts don’t measure up to His standards, my redeemer abounds in forgiveness.
I’d like to challenge you this week to read with an eye to the words you often skip over in Scripture. Meditate on those words and their place in the meaning of the sentence and see what new illuminations of old truth the Holy Spirit reveals.
Do you already have any favorite “little” words in Scripture that pack a bigger punch than you first imagined? Please share!