Sweet Tattoo Verse

I recently heard a pastor speak about Psalm 19, which King David wrote to “the Chief Musician”. This psalm is really beautiful, and praises the beauty of creation and the glory of God who created it. The author who wrote Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis, wrote, “I take this to be the greatest poem in the Psalter and one of the greatest lyrics in the world.”

David writes that the heavens declare God’s glory, that the Lord is perfect, that His commandments are pure, and that His judgments are true and righteous. David writes that the Lord’s word is sweeter than honey, and is to be desired. David then wrote this:

“Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression.”

This is similar to the popular verse in Psalms, which says

“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” - Psalm 139: 23-24

Both psalms are written by David, asking God to keep him from disobeying God. Up to this point in the psalm, I was reminded of God’s might, His majesty, His power; this God I worship is so powerful, yet he cares and loves every individual human being ever created on this Earth. When I think of this, I cannot muster any response to God except for one: Amazing love...how can it be, that you, my KING, would DIE… for me?

Where do I go from that point on? Thankfully, there is one more verse in this psalm. It reads this:

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.”

“Simple” is the word that pops into my head. When I have felt like I have disappointed the Lord, that I am distant from Him, or felt like I do not know how to move forward…this verse tells me, plain and simple, what I need to do. I never realized what powerful words these were, and in such a short verse. Honestly, this is, as I put it, “a sweet tattoo verse”.

In every area of your life, let your words and the thoughts of your heart be pleasing to God. When you speak to your family, when you're with friends, when you're alone, please the Lord with your mind and actions. When you sing worship to Him, let the words you sing be more than words, real, genuine praises. God is our Redeemer, who rescued us from slavery and who paid for our sins when we were bankrupt and broken. Thank you, Lord, for extending your mercy when I did not deserve it!

Love to you all, and have a blessed week!

-Christian