May My Life Please God

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Psalm 19:14 (NIV)

This is my heart.

If I do nothing else in life, I want to please God.
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Since this sounds pretentiously goody-goody I need you to know how much I fail—all the time. My thoughts and words regularly disappoint God. But pleasing Him is still my goal and the posture of my heart.

That’s why this verse is an excellent prayer to start the day. Honestly I don’t always remember this psalm, but before my feet hit the carpet I’ve certainly asked God for help with my stuff. I could easily turn it around and offer to please Him.

Truthfully, I need God’s help in pleasing God.

It just so happens that the verses leading up to today’s psalm tell us that God is pleased when we keep His commands. It’s also begs for forgiveness and for the help we need in following Him.

[The decrees of the Lord] are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward. But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant from willful sins; may they not rule over me.
Psalm 19:11-13

Let’s pray: Thank you God, for teaching us exactly how to please you. Forgive the mistakes we’re unaware of. Help us choose the right path and resist the temptation to go our own way.

May my words and thoughts be pleasing to you, O Lord.
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What do you think it means to please God?
What does Scripture say?
How can you position your heart for this goal?

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  1. J.D. Wininger on October 22, 2019 at 6:00 AM

    I ask God daily, sometimes multiple times per day, to guard my mouth and temper my human spirit so people see Him more than me. I pray it helps more often than not, but recognize it is us to me whether I submit to His leading or not. Great post Ms. Cathy. And thank you so much for the opportunity to learn from you at Enrich this past weekend.

    • CathyChung on October 22, 2019 at 11:27 AM

      I’m sure I learned more from you than you did from me JD. I am blessed to have you, your example and your expertise in my life. Yes, it is up to me whether I submit or not and so very often I am stubborn and do things my way. So I thank him for his patience and just pray again: forgive my hidden faults and keep me from willful sins.

  2. Robin Lord on October 24, 2019 at 11:56 PM

    Some people think that “pleasing God” sounds like obeying harsh commands from a frightening, cruel master. God does put us in difficult situations at times, but I’ve found that if I try to please Him with my choice, I end up being happier in the long run. He knows what is best. Many other times, pleasing God isn’t the grueling slave-labor task that some people imagine. I enjoy things like helping people at my church and volunteering at an animal shelter.

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