Rock, Redeemer, & Refuge

You’ll often hear a minister say at the beginning of a sermon or message from Psalm 19, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” Why would a rational person say such a thing? The answer is personal for each preacher but I can tell you for me it is a way to remind myself what I am doing here. The message exists at all to expand on the love and understanding of God, plain and simple. If I simply wanted to be a professional speaker, I would have continued my long-ago career in showbiz, or I could have entered into the wacky world of politics where it seems some say whatever pops into their heads these days. There is ego involved when standing in front of a bunch of people, it’s true, but how much ego depends on the day, the scripture and the message intent. For the most part, I preach because it is part of my training as a Pastor, because you let me and because God has given me this vocation, which is a gift. I am so blessed to be Pastor and I want you to know I truly experience that. It is also true that it is would be presumptuous of me or anyone else to think that what I have to say is worth listening to! Like most people I know, I’m a person who is fallible, makes mistakes and sins! So, in a way I have absolutely no right to be here and yet, here I am solely due to God’s Grace. For that, I begin with “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”

God redeems! God redeems you, me and the others who are outside our doors - the “others” who have absolutely no interest in entering into our sanctuary. Some are atheists and some are simply called “Nones” which is church lingo for people who do not have a church nor an interest in being at church. No