Text of the Week

‘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)

You very often hear a preacher quote this verse before he or she starts preaching. (As an aside if you don’t very often hear a preacher say anything at all, why not?) Words and thoughts acceptable in God’s sight.

There is a curious mixing up of metaphors here really.

Words, which are things we hear, thoughts which are silent and God is “seeing” them.

Usually writing teachers will tell you to avoid mixing metaphors although it is an easy mistake to make.

As easy as falling off a piece of cake in fact. But sometimes when we see things that jar at our sense slightly they can serve to make a point. The point here is that our experience of God should be total.

In word, in thought, in deed. And his experience of us is total. He is watching.

Not snooping, but watching over us. We are in his sight. He knows us. We are his.

Rev. Alec Shuttleworth, Tulliallan and Kincardine Parish Church