Acceptable Praise

The Gorgeous Kansas Sunset

The winds fold the green stalks down in half before springing them back upright.  Heavy clouds blanket the sky mottled with bits of sunshine weaving their last wisps of light throughout.  Golden hues of fire paint their final strokes just upon the distant horizon.  The heavens rest in their evening declaration of God’s glory, but encore performances nightly outdo the one before.  Celestial praise ceases only when He bids them silence. 

Black letters line wispy thin pages stained by watermarks where mercy and truth have collided.  Perfect laws, sure and right, open foolish hearts and light unsure paths.  Commandments, Testimonies, Statutes, Judgments perfect His praise for ever.  Precious to the wise, sweet to those hungry for righteousness, no sinful spot blights the truth of God’s Word for all eternity.   Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

And then there are His people. Unique and varied, no two the same, washed clean in the perfect blood of His Son, made free by the covenant signed by His dear Name.  By His grace, we bring Him glory, but on this earth still fear to cause Him shame.  So with hearts intent on pleasing, to reflect His light in ceaseless praise, we call to Him with David’s pleading to align our thoughts and words with His.

When my anger wants to fuel the fires of indignation, Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

When fear threatens to take my eyes off of You, Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

When defiance and rebellion rear their ugly opposition, Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

When my will clashes with Thine, Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

When the pride of my heart rises to answer the scorner, Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

At every occasion, You hear my prayer if I will just seek you to ask.  Until heaven’s gates surround me, sin will mottle the light of your praise.  But if I ask, Lord, You will help me, walk worthy of the glory due Your name. 

Psalms 19

TO THE CHIEF MUSICIAN, A PSALM OF DAVID.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Day unto day uttereth speech,
and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
There is no speech nor language,
where their voice is not heard.
Their line is gone out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
His going forth is from the end of the heaven,
and his circuit unto the ends of it:
and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul:
the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart:
the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever:
the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold:
sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is thy servant warned:
and in keeping of them there is great reward.
Who can understand his errors?
cleanse thou me from secret faults.
Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me:
then shall I be upright,
and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth,
and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight,
O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

Published by ebolticoff

I’m Erica and I love coffee, coffee, and more coffee, with a splash of half and half in every cup, any time before 4 pm. I need coffee, you see, because 3 girls:21, 18, 12; and 1 boy:16; call me mom. There is also a high school exchange student and a dog, with frequent comings and going of various friends, and a father-in-law who lives next door. And last, but definitely not least, there is an amazingly handsome man who spoils me far more than a girl could ever dream of who calls me “Hon.” That would be my husband if you’re not following me. But even with all of these blessings, and ALL of that coffee, this girl held a whole lot of longings in her heart: longings for joy, longings for love, longings for contentment...the list goes on. There was only one place to go, One Person, really. I found the One who satisfies my soul at the Well that flows with His Living Water. Pop in anytime and let’s have coffee over the Word together.

2 thoughts on “Acceptable Praise

  1. Beautiful! ❤ In my Bible reading this morning, I was finishing up Psalm 119 where David asks the Lord to "seek thy servant" (verse 176). I like to keep Matthew Henry's commentary nearby to follow up on sometimes, and he pointed out that God doesn't actually seek but He finds as He would never seek in vain. Simple explanation but one that brings such comfort to know the Lord will always find us when we need Him. I also felt nudged by the Holy Spirit this morning to do better about memorizing scripture after reading Psalm 119, and I think Psalm 19:14 may be where I start. Thank you for another encouraging and inspiring post! (I finally got it straightened out where I'm getting them emailed now! Yay! Haha!)

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