Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
News reports may be the source of many of our mind's meditations. We read the newspaper, or scroll through our favorite websites for the days news, and our minds are filled with questions, uncertainty, and fear.
Add to the news reports, the events of our own life: another aunt or uncle with terminal cancer, children in harm's way while serving our country, the bank account is dwindling in this recession, nobody seems to be hiring.
Our minds meditate. And our mind's meditation leads to words that are spoken.
In our uncertainty, we pray with the psalmist: "Let my words and my meditation be pleasing, O LORD!"
And how is this possible?
Because we cry out to the LORD, our Rock and Redeemer.
In the midst of the crosses we bear, we are not without hope. For the LORD is the strong Rock on which we stand--we place our hopes on Jesus Christ who bore his cross to its bitter end. And like Job, we know that our Redeemer lives--Jesus' cross would not prevail, for he would rise again on the third day--Victorious over death and the grave.
Our meditations are pleasing in God's sight when the fear and uncertainty of this life cause us to cry out, and cling to our Rock and Redeemer. For without him, we would wither like the grass and fade like the flower.
But the Word of God will stand forever, and as you meditate on it, so will you. Amen.