When I was studying at the Lutheran Bible Institute in Seattle, Washington [1971-1973] we had chapel at least three times a week. As I recall, there got to be a certain prayer before the sermon that the pastors would inevitably pray; “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” It comes from Psalm 19 verse 14. I recall the preachers changing the wording to “…the words of my mouth and the ‘meditations of our hearts’…” as we gathered together to listen to their sermons.
I was thinking through this Psalm several months ago and it dawned on me that this prayer is more than just a prayer to begin a sermon. It is a prayer for every day. “Lord, may the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart,” — this day when I am in the workplace, and when I am with my family, when I am with people in the neighborhood — may my words and meditations “be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” My wife Kim and I find ourselves praying this prayer every once in a while as we have a time of prayer together before we leave for work.