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What Pleases God?

What Pleases God?

by Cyndi Burgess on February 25, 2020


“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer."

-Psalm 19:14


(“My all my thoughts be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord.” - Psalm 104:34)

This Psalm opens with worship – how the skies and heavens declare God’s glory – “speaking without a sound or word; their voice is heard.” Then David moves into the beauty and infallibility of God’s word. The law of the Lord is better and sweeter than anything life has to offer – what a perspective! He recognizes his sinful nature and asks for God’s help. Then the closing – this verse – let everything about me be pleasing to you, God (safety and place of refuge, One who has bought my life back from destruction).

I’ve read this before and thought – I want to live a life that is “right” and “good” and a life that God accepts. But pleasing...what is pleasing to God? What is it that God looks at and finds pleasure in? It is the “rightness” and “goodness” that I can arrive at that he marks as pleasing? Or is it something entirely different?

My understanding is that nothing gives God greater pleasure than his son. Not that I assume to know the mind of God. But we are made in his image, in his likeness, even in character. Nothing gives me greater pleasure in all the world than to see my sons grow in their knowledge and love for God. My heart literally explodes when I see them and hear them process and come to understand, and even better, live out, the things of God. The world could crumble around me, but if my boys know and love Jesus, I’m good.


May my life be pleasing to you, Father. Not just by what I do, or how much I serve, give, or say. I need to back that truck up! The life of pleasing God starts at the core of me, with my thoughts, the meanderings and longings and thoughts I allow my heart to sit with. It’s starts there and seeps out into my words. What is coming out of my mouth is a reflection of what I am tolerating and allowing to sit in my heart (out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks – Luke 6:45).


I want to live a life that pleases you, Father. May the words that flow out of what is inside my heart be pleasing to you. I ask you to clean house. Point out any place I don’t see and bring correction to places of hidden agenda, unforgiveness, and bitterness.

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