Sometimes my focus can be so misdirected. The meditation of my heart is so often not where it should be. I have made my way to The book of Psalms and have found myself convicted on several points.
When I read Psalm 1:2, I immediately felt a pang of guilt.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.
I thought to myself…Do I delight in reading God’s Word? My answer was yes. I can honestly say that I love to read the Bible. I love to discover new truths and learn more about what God wants me to become. Then I asked myself…Do I meditate on it day and night? And the answer was no.
When I wake up in the morning, usually between 4:30 and 5:00 a.m., my first thought is that I wish I could just stay in bed. When I’m frantically packing lunches, brushing teeth and making sure I have myself and the girls fully dressed…I am thinking that it should not be this way. I should be making pancakes and the girls should be watching cartoons and relaxing. When I’m picking them up from daycare in the afternoons, I’m thinking that I should have more time with them. And so my mind runs rampant all day. Do you see how this line of thinking, or meditation, could begin to affect my attitude and my devotion to Christ?
I found myself wondering how it was possible to go from delighting in the Lord to the depths of discouragement so quickly. It’s because, at some point during the day, I am in the Word…I am delighting in the law of the Lord. He is the focus of my thoughts and my eyes are solely on Him. The problem is, at some point, I really do have to close the Bible and go to work…or go make supper…or go to the store. So, what happens when we have to go about the normal duties of our days?
That is why this Psalm tells us that blessed is the one who delights himself in the law of the Lord and meditates on it day and night. We have to be able to take what He has taught us and the things we know to be true of Him and meditate on that during our days.
When I’m tempted to complain about some responsibility that I wish was someone elses…Do all things without complaining (Philippians 2:14.) When I find myself annoyed with someone and want to say something that may cause hard feelings…If it is possible, as much as it depends on you, live peaceably with all men (Romans 12:18.) When I find it hard to believe that anyone could not believe and follow the teachings of Christ, I am reminded…And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it (John 1:5.)
So, there are two things that I believe God calls us to do…
- Meditate on His Word all throughout the day. If you are delighting yourself in His Word, God will bring appropriate truths to your mind when you encounter troubles or disappointments in your day-to-day walk.
- Look up. It is so easy to focus on what is going on around us. We find ourselves meditating on our current circumstances. We spend emotion and energy worrying about that difficult person in our lives or that situation that we can not change. We focus solely on that one area of our lives that we wish was different. We look everywhere except up. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning, I will direct it to you, and I will look up. —Psalm 5:3
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, Oh Lord, my strength and My Redeemer. –Psalm 19:14