Accepted in the Beloved (A Prayer from Psalm 119:12-14)
Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes! With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth. In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.Psalm 119:12-14
As I was reading and studying these verses to write this meditation, one question came to my mind; do you really desire this Jeremey? No matter how hard I tried to do my normal explanation, as I’ve done with previous meditations, I felt the need to repent and pray. Has this very thing ever happened to you? The tendency is to move too quickly past verses that convict us, rather than read the verses and pray over them. So here is my prayer of repentance to the Lord:
Oh blessed Father, I come to You in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ: Your blessed Son, with whom You are well pleased, The King of Glory, The King of Kings, The King of Righteousness, my advocate and mediator, my propitiation, my Good Shepherd, my Savior and my Lord.
I come to you acknowledging my sin, for it is ever before me. My own sin is deserving of death, wrath, and eternal separation from you. I am a man of countless transgressions. Seeking idols, I have fallen by the wayside. My pride is my downfall. From my lips I utter lies. My thoughts are wicked. Hear the cry of your servant and Forgive me, Oh Lord.
I thank you Lord for not hardening my heart and giving me over to the lust of my flesh, the lust of my eyes, and the pride of life. I thank you for causing me to see the beauty of the Gospel and for electing me before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless. I thank you for the forgiveness, the joy, the power, and the freedom that is in the Gospel of Jesus. For you have saved me for Your Glory, Your purpose, and Your good pleasure. You have done this!
Therefore, I come to you in the faith that I am forgiven. I come to you not in fear or nakedness but clothed in the righteousness of Jesus. As a child of God, I am asking that you would cause me to see how blessed I am in Christ. Blessed, as the Psalmist declares, and as Paul says in Ephesians 1. Lord, cause me to not just have an intellectual knowledge of your Sovereign Grace, but to experience the transforming power of your Sovereign Grace.
Oh God, teach me your statues! I am but a worm. I can know nothing apart from your Grace. Please grant me knowledge, not for my glory but for Your glory. Teach me, Oh God, so that I can declare Your rules to those who are near and those who are far. Lord, place people in my life to share these wonderful truths.
Oh God, cause me to delight in your testimonies. Let me experience freedom in Christ and Joy in obedience; cause me to cry out in my abundance and joy found in the Law of the LORD! Oh God, I need you to move in my life as I am nothing but a beggar. I thank you that my cup overflows with the righteousness that is found in Your Beloved.
Accepted in the Beloved, this is who I am.
Accepted in the Beloved, this is where I stand.
Accepted in the Beloved, never to be moved.