"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight LORD..." Ps 19:14 This verse if often quoted by Christians. In this study Jeff reveals how the inner self-talk affects the spiritual powers around us everyday, and how King David perfected his own inner self-talk with biblical affirmations.
Get ready to be inspired and take charge of your life. Today your going to learn how to direct your life with inner dialog of the heart.
Today we are going to look into something really interesting. I call this, the Biblical Affirmations of the Heart, this describes a common phrase in the bible that is used by many people, and it is out of the book of Psalms, Psalm 19 to be exact. In Psalm 19 it says, “Let the meditation of my heart be pleasing unto You Lord or be pleasing in Your sight.” The phrase is often quoted by many Christians.
So let’s go to Psalm 19, and we will start with verse one and work our way through. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth and their words to the end of the world.”
Let’s pause there for a second, and let’s look at the first few verses. David first states that the heavens declare the glory of God, so the very nature, the very ethereal nature of God, declares His glory. Then he says, “the firmament shows His handiwork, this could mean the sky or the starts; or the nature all around us, and then it says, day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge.”
Their speech, this is the glory of God that speaks in this verse. Their speech, and remember, we are talking about a speech, that is uttered day unto day, and night unto night reveals the knowledge of God. “There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard”, the very glory of God carries with it, a voice of instruction from God Almighty Himself that is carried forth through the entire universe, that's what David is describing here.
And then he continues and he says this, “Their line goes out through all the earth.” The word line is better described as a sound wave or frequency. So this can be better translated by saying, the sound wave or their sound wave, meaning the powers of God, or the glories of God with a frequency, sound wave, has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
David is describing, word instruction within a sound frequency emanating from God. Then he continues and he says, “In them he has set a tabernacle to the sun”, in other words, these sound frequencies or these glories of God, are emanating from God, unto the entire universe, with instruction that houses, the sun. That's what tabernacle means. If it houses that one star, and the glories of God radiant through the entire universe, then the entire universe is being sustain and housed by His glories. So sun is described as a bridegroom that comes out of his chamber, and rejoices like a strong man who runs a race. It rises from one end of heaven to the other.
Now this part of the verse is really interesting. Notice that David describes the sun, as being housed within the powers, or the glories of God. Then he states, “It rises from one end of heaven and it circuits to the other end.”
Now, I’ve heard it say, that God got it wrong here, because the sun is not what circulates around the earth. Some people would look at this and say, God is saying that the sun revolves around the earth. Well, that is not exactly what it says. This verse clearly, that the sun is rising from one end of heaven, and it circuits to the other end of heaven. So, what God is actually describing is a linear movement. Scientists have proven that the universe is expanding. They figured that it started at one point and it expands linearly across a vast space, that is what is being described in Psalm 19.
David continues, in verse 7 it says, “The law of the Lord is perfect converting the soul.” That word converting is best translated as “changing” or “redirecting”. So the law of the Lord is perfect, converting, redirecting, or changing 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, and lighting the eyes, the fear of the Lord is clean enduring forever. The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous all together, more to be desire than gold, yes much than fine gold. Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb moreover, by them your servant is warned.” The word “warned” in verses describes as being admonished or advised.
Notice what David just said. David just described certain characteristics of God's glory that radiates from God through the entire universe, and how it sustain the entire universe. And within those glories exists the knowledge of God, and that knowledge is like speech that utters words. Now in this part of the Psalm, David actually describes what that emanating speech reveals. David states that within that speech are, the laws of God, the testimonies of God, the statues, the commandments, and the fear of the Lord dwell
If you look at the first part of each of those little verses, you will see the words law, testimony, statutes, commandments, the fear of the Lord, and judgments. So David reveals to us that in verses what he is experiencing within the powers of glories of God, which speak to him. As a result of receiving and being receptive to those utterances from God, he states that it perfects and converts the soul. It also makes a simple person wise, brings joy to the heart, and enlightens the vision of the mind.
So, in verses seven through eleven, David recounts to us what God speaks through His utterances and what it does inside the soul, inside the human being.
David is describing the living word of God. So, the verses that we are going to focus on are twelve through fourteen. Verse twelve says this, “Who can understand His errors?” Let’s pause there for a second. By asking this question, David reflects on the mechanics on sin and its effects. Reed the question carefully, he says, “Who can understand his errors?” Can anyone really understand the mechanics of sin and its affects? The word “sin” both in Greek and in Hebrew means transgression against God’s word or law, that is what sin means. In other words, all evil, lustful thought, desire, greed, vain ambition, malice or malice toward others, is considered to be sin. And all of it goes against God's word, and all of it entered the human race through Adam and Eve.
Before the downfall, the minds of Adam and Eve, were filled with the perfection of life and God. Nothing else existed in them. If you want know, why God allowed sin to enter humanity, please go to ChristAudio.com and download the one hour bible study entitled, The Inner Experience with Jesus for free.
After Adam and Even became aware of both good and evil, two new activities began to occur within humanity. The first is this, the human mind began to produce thought opposite to God. The second thing that occurred, is that impure thought opened the door to impure spiritual forces, which is also called communing with demons. And a lot of people don’t know the commune with demons, but they do. People are born with the ability to create an inner reality with thought, that is opposite to God’s word or to God’s ways. It’s difficult for a person to realize the errors of the mind when sin is their only reality. The bible refers to those people, as being captive, or as captures, sin is also known as the snare.
Imagine living in a cell your whole life, and not knowing that just on the other side of the wall, there is paradise. This is caused by the blindness of sin within us. That is how a Peron becomes captive or enslaved by sin. Now that we explored how sin enters and imprisons us, let’s question the consequences of sin in the world around us.
Now no one has been able to measure or quantify, how the sin of a person affects others or the world around us. But we know that exists all around us. So who can really know or understand his errors? The answer of course is God. Only God is aware of every thought and the movement of every spiritual force, and how it affects everything around us. David is very clear about this, and very clear of his understanding of the spiritual activity that takes place all around him, within himself, as well as outside of himself, and rightfully states, “Who can understand all of this?” What he is emphatically describing, is that man is powerless to understand the totality of spiritual activity and it's effects.
It’s not within our power to understand it all? In the very next line David says this, “Cleanse me from secret faults.” He is asking God to be cleansed of he’s secret faults. In other words he is saying, “I can’t see, nor can I know the effects of all unclean spiritual activity. It's all concealed from my eyes. I can’t see it and I don’t know its effects.”
And that’s what we should be doing. You and I, and all of us, should be asking God every day, cleanse us from my secret faults, cleanse us from the totality of unclean spiritual activity around us, and all unseen forces around us.
In verse 13 David says this, “Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins.” In Hebrew that word presumptuous, means arrogant, presumptuous, proud or overt. In other words, what David is describing is, the kind of overt sin that a person is proud of. Some people are very overt and very presumptuous about their sin. David is requesting from God to keep him from that kind of mindset. He doesn’t want fall into the trap of taking pleasure in sin and being presumptuous about it.
So, David has clear understanding that sin is a snare. Now let’s read the rest of the verse. “Let them not have dominion over me.” David sees the way of captivity and wants nothing of it. He sees that, sin has unseen forces, if one accepts sin it becomes a trap, and in this verse, he says, “Let not any of that have dominion over me”. He doesn’t want to be entrap and become a captive to that.
Let’s move on, then he says, “then I shall be blameless”. Now, David is expressing that by not sinning he is able to live a blameless life. In the Hebrew the “blameless” means, to be completed, to be a completed work, to be perfected, whole as one, or to be sound and good. So David actually declares that by not having sin influence him, he will be able to live, a more or whole completed life with God.
In verse 14 he says, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart.” Lets pause there for a second. The word meditation in Hebrew is an intense form of the root word that means to, roar, growl, utter, speech, muse, imagine, and meditate. When you look at this word in the context of the Hebrew root word, it means “sound meditation” or “music meditation”. It can also mean, “patterned meditation”. The clearest translation of this word is, the “inner murmuring sound”. The original Hebrew text declares this, “Let the murmuring sound of my heart be acceptable in your site YAHWEH, that’s the proper name, Jehovah, YAHWEH. Now, the word heart its more akin to the soul, the mind, or to conscience thought.
So, with this verse David wants God to be please with the constant thought produced as words in his inner being. Today that's known as, self talk. The only way that God can be please with our self-talk is if it reflects the word of God. And because David understands that self talk is viewed by God, we can safely assume, that he is making a conscious effort in both, controlling and developing his own self talk, and the only way to do this is by the study and meditation of God’s word. And by applying it as the rhythms and patterns of his mind he realizes is will please God. That’s the biblical affirmations of the heart or the biblical affirmations of our inner being. When the word of God takes root in us and becomes the pattern of our thought it becomes the thought of God within us.
Now that we understand that, we can begin to understand the entire structure. Notice that David speaks of the words of the mouth and the murmuring of the inner being as one event, which he wants to be acceptable to God. Lets read again, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart”. See that? He refers to meditation and words as one, and he wants both to be acceptable to God. David clearly shows an understanding of the relationship between the inner being and our words. To him it is as one, and he wants both to be acceptable and pleasing to God.
Now, this is what Luke 6:45 says, “A good man out of the good treasure of he’s heart, brings forth good, and an evil man out of an evil treasure of his heart, brings forth evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” It's the same message isn’t it? So Jesus confirms that the fullness of our inner being affects our speech, and that the good or the evil we experience in life is directly related by the speech of our mouth.
Now we can see how our inner life affects the world around us. Our words literately guide our lives. David knew this and making an effort to develop godly thought patterns pleasing to God. So one has to ask, why is it so important to develop our thought in the ways of God? We know that by keeping our mind in the word of God it keeps us from sinning, but is that all? Of course not. In John 14:21 and 23 Jesus says, that if you keep His commandments and His word, He will bless us with the increased presence of God.
If we look the overall structure of Psalm 19 from verses 1 through 6, what is describe is the audible knowledge transmitted by God, and that transmission carries precise instruction to all of creation including us. If we look at verses 7 through 11, David describes how the transmitted living word produces joy in the heart, openness of the eyes or vision, and wisdom in a person. When you look at verse 14 he reflects on all of this and wants his words and thoughts to be in alignment with what is being transmitted by God, and of course, we can see the same message revealed in John 14:21 and 23. The alignment of thought and speech with God’s word is how we receive communication from God, and one can only imagine what God was thinking when He set up the entire universe with this in mind. God had to have this system in mind before creating everything so His word can be transmitted to us.
Then God designed us and the human mind, not only to receive His signals, but also to fully understand it, decipher it, and put it into action. But it also has positive effects. It opens the vision of the mind, brings joy to the heart, it makes a person wise, and through other scriptures, we also know that it is even health to our body.
This is the love of God toward us, His creation, and this is what God wants for us. We have a choice of producing thought that it is not congruent with the word of God, speaking words in those ways, and manifesting evil in our lives. The other choice is, that we treasure up His word within us, so we can murmur it within ourselves. The words of God, the principles of God, the thoughts of God, the concepts of God, have the inner murmuring affect over our speech, and our speech affects the way of life. So God set this in place for us, so then we can fully be absorbed in His presence.
So, the most important thing we can do, is to study the word of God, read the word of God, and absorb the word of God until it becomes the inner murmuring of our being. Then it will affect our thought and our speech bringing forth more good onto the earth. That is what God wants for us. In fact, His salvation and death in the cross, makes this possible for us. Because He did died on the cross and He gave us life, we were able to receive His sacrifice with new life. It is that new life that enable us to understand the word of God and implement His word until it becomes a pattern in our mind. Amen!