The Benediction

Psalm:14 says” May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heat be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.

As far as I can remember from a small child to my young adult years every Sunday in church when the service was over we would say this verse out loud, and then service would be over.


I grew up in a Baptist church so many years never even knew the meaning as to why we said these words. Then after we moved my mother took us back to her home church that she attended when she was a little girl and that was a Methodist Church. And I saw that they too said the same benediction. Still I never knew the meaning of it.

But when I wanted to stretch my wings and find my own church I found a Pentecostal church, to my surprise they never said a benediction, and so the question became “why” because I thought all churches says this benediction.

Last night while reading the book of Psalms I came upon this benediction and I was immediately reminded of my childhood youth in church. It was like a flash back but this time instead of me not asking what it meant I searched my bible to get an understanding of this scripture.

What I found out was this, that David wanted his speech to be holy. He didn’t want his conversation, to be filthy and foolish, rotten and corrupt; but such as ministers grace to the hearer: or else his address to God, both in prayer and thanksgiving.

The meditation of my heart, his inward thoughts continually revolving in his mind; or his meditation on the word of God and divine things; or mental prayer, which is not expressed, only conceived in the mind;

Be acceptable in thy sight; as words and thoughts are, when they are according to the word of God;

David not only desired to be pardoned and cleansed from the sins he had discovered and confessed, but from those he had forgotten or overlooked.


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