May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight,
O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Psalm 19 describes two of the ways God reveals Himself to the world: through creation and through the Bible. Creation provides a general revelation about God’s glory, the Heavens declare the glory of God (v: 1 – see Part 1 below), and God’s Word gives us special revelation about who He is and how to live, The Law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul (v: 7 – see Part 2 below). These two great areas of revelation merge in Christian camping to provide an amazing and powerful impact in people’s lives.
But why? Why is it so important that we know about God? Why did God take the initiative to reveal Himself to us?
God wants us to know Him and to align our view of others and this world with God’s perspective. What we think about God influences our understanding of everything else. Thinking righty about God impacts how we relate to our spouses, children and friends. Our understanding of God changes how we use our money, our time, our vote and our authority. Our thoughts about God determine how we treat our bodies, our work responsibilities, and our world. So God wants us to know Him and the more accurately and completely we view God, the more effectively we will live our lives.
Henrietta Mears said, Camp is where people make up their minds. Camp is a place of decision and commitment. At camps around the world, the revelation of God’s creation intersects with the revelation of God’s Word and creates a powerful context in which the Spirit of God works in people’s lives.
That is why verse 14 concludes Psalm 19. The theme of God’s creation has been introduced (verses 1-6), and the importance of God’s Word has been established (verses 7-11). The conclusion (verses 12-14) provides the result of this powerful confluence of revelation – changed lives.
Verse 14 says, May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
The words of my mouth include verbal sounds but they represent much more. They are the external expression of our lives and the public professions of our attitudes and beliefs. Words are the outward demonstration of our inward commitments.
The meditations of our hearts are our deeper core motives. This phrase speaks to the inner desires and attitudes that control our outward expressions. Words and deeds come from passions and desires. David wanted both the outward expressions of his life and the inner attitudes of his heart to be pure and wholesome before God.
Camp provides the time and context for people to reflect on their lives from God’s perspective. Camp is often the place where God is invited to snoop inside the deepest recesses of our hearts and to clean out the inappropriate meditations that hide in the shadows.
David ends this powerful and pointed psalm with two powerful images for God: Rock and Redeemer.
The word Rock describes the power, greatness, strength and supremacy of God that is the heart of God’s revelation in verses 1-6. The word Redeemer addresses God’s love, grace, care and initiative to save us that is the heart of the second section, verses 7-11.
Camps, retreat centers, conference centers and other outdoor ministries provide the places around the world where campers and guests encounter their Rock and Redeemer. Through those encounters many thousands each year join David in praying,
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.