Hebrew Highlights 33 - Acceptable
Shalom. This is Yuval Shomron, coming to you from Jerusalem.
PSA 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.” This psalm of David, is one of the most beautiful, and indeed, humble, of his songs. It is obvious throughout, that King David, as great as he was, saw his smallness in comparison to God.
Notice that he is simply asking for acceptance; not for fame, or greatness, or wealth, or a big ministry, or revelation. The word acceptable here is translated from the word “ratson”. It can mean in this context acceptable, or desirable, or even more simply, “wanted”. In the 12th and 13th verses of Psalm we see David asking for the Lord to cleanse him. I will look into those verses on a future Hebrew Highlights.
Meanwhile, let’s look at PSA 119:108, which is similar, “O accept the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, And teach me Thine ordinances.” Does God accept, desire, and want the sayings, which are proceeding from our lips? Our mouths are to be fountains of blessing, as we see in JAM 3:8-10, “But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father; and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.”
Unfortunately, even those of us who love worship, and make a sacrifice of praise a priority in our lives, still sometimes use the same vessel to judge, strive, and put others down.
Sometimes we come to seemingly innocent conclusions in our assessments of people, based on our limited experience or doctrinal knowledge, as seen in ROM 14:2-3, & 16-18 One man has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only. Let not him who eats regard with contempt him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats, for God has accepted him. Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.
I often need to remind myself that God has already accepted my brother. Who am I to reject him? And in the same way as “forgiving our debtors” brings forgiveness for our own debts, so too, accepting our brother’s faults, or shot-comings, will bring us acceptance in God’s eyes. This makes it much easier for us to fulfill 1PE 2:5, which says, “you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
King David’s theme of God’s greatness, and our humbleness, is repeated in the New Testament in HEB 12:28, “Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe;”.
I am sure that all of us want our sacrifice, to be accepted. We want to do things that our Heavenly Father actually desires. Sometimes it seems to be an impossible task. If we look at the fruit of our lips, is the scale tipped toward blessing or curse? Will we ever be able emulate the character of Yeshua in our actions, thoughts, and words?
Once in a “Peanuts” cartoon, the philosophical Linus makes a statement to Charly Brown, saying, “I’ve given up on taking life one day at a time. I’m down to half a day at a time!”.
I believe the key to success, is simply not to have the time to serve our flesh or the enemy with our mind and tongue. We need to be busy doing the right things, as it says in HEB 13:15-16, “Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. And do not neglect doing good and sharing; for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
Forgive and be forgiven. Love and be loved. Praise and be praised. Accept… and be accepted.
Shalom, Shalom from Jerusalem.