Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”
This passage of Scripture is forever etched in my heart and mind because I attended college at Lee University. We had chapel services each week on Thursday and we always ended our corporate time together by praying this verse. ALWAYS. I remember feeling like an outsider at my first gathering when everyone else in the room joined in unison recalling this verse from memory. How did all my fellow students know this verse so well? I did not. And my handbook said nothing about needing to memorize or be prepared for this. Furthermore, no one gave instruction that this verse would be something we needed to know for future gatherings.
It’s just what we did.
Every Thursday chapel ended with this same verse. I caught on quickly. At first, it was fun to learn and kind of exciting to recite it with perfection along with the others. Many weeks it refreshed and encouraged me. At times it helped bring confirmation and spiritual direction. Some Thursdays it felt lifeless and ritualistic to repeat, while others it was convicting.
Over and over.
Week after week.
The same verse.
I remember my final chapel service on campus. With tears rolling down my face I prayed this great prayer one last time, “let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
Looking back I realize that I had been taught a great lesson from my time at Lee. We need to hide God’s Word in our hearts! (Psalm 119:11)
Choose at least one passage from the Bible you can learn this year.
By Jason Dominey