Acting a Miracle

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
 Psalm 19:14

Romans 1:18-21 says everyone will be held accountable to God. But this being held accountable is not just because of what is written in the Bible, for not everyone has access to the Word of God. Everyone will be held accountable simply based on seeing the beauty, majesty, and power of God’s creation.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened (Romans 1:18-21). 

All will be held accountable to God. But creation does not tell us all the details. Creation cannot explain the glory of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Creation cannot explain the holiness and righteousness of God. Creation cannot explain the sinfulness of man. Creation cannot explain the mercy and love of Christ in living, dying, and rising for all who will repent and trust Him. This Good News takes the written revelation of God – the Scriptures.

So David is saying in Psalm 19 the glory of God is revealed in the skies AND in the Scriptures. Therefore, if we want to know how to glorify God, which is the purpose God created us for (cf. Isaiah 43:7), we need to look up from time to time. And we also must be reading, studying, and meditating on God’s Word. And this leads me back to 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.

Do you think David expected God to supernaturally change his speech patterns and thought patterns? Or do you think David expected God to answer this prayer over time as he read and meditated on God’s Word?

The latter is the obvious answer. The point is this: If one is not reading and meditating on Scripture, why would he or she ever expect to have thoughts that please God? Man is by nature an enemy of God, a child of wrath (cf. Ephesians 2:3). When Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth,” or Philippians 4:8 says, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things,” the implication is this does not happen on its own without any effort. 

Setting our minds on things above, thinking of that which is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy takes deliberate steps. Having words and thoughts that please the Lord takes prayer and work. Growing in holiness and living a life that pleases God is not just “wing it and a prayer.” It all takes discipline. As Pastor John Piper once put it, we are to “act the miracle” of sanctification. 

Acting a miracle is different from working a miracle. If Jesus tells a paralyzed man to get up, and he gets up, Jesus works a miracle. But if I am the paralyzed man and Jesus tells me to get up, and I obey and get up, I act the miracle. If I am dead like Lazarus and Jesus commands me to get up, and I obey, Jesus works the miracle, I act the miracle.”

Too many of us think our progress in following Jesus will come by the miraculous power of God alone. That is, we like the paralyzed man, are looking to Jesus for strength and power. We know we will not grow apart from His mercy. Amen! But like Jesus told the paralyzed man to “rise, take up his mat and go home,” the LORD has told us to set our minds on things above. Now, like the paralized man acted the miracle, we too must rise up in faith. We must do it!  

So if something in you agrees and says, “YES LORD! Let the words of my mouth and the meditations (thoughts) of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer,” please know it will not happen apart from daily acting the miracle of reading and meditating on Scripture. David knew this, and he wrote Psalm 19 to remind us. 

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