Thursday, July 26, 2012

My Thoughts Within Me

“In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.” (Psl. 94:19)

We hear a great deal today about the benefits of meditation, mainly as a means of stress control. This, of course, has nothing to do with God or the Bible. In fact, if any “person” is encountered or conjured during this ritual of Eastern pagan religion, it would likely be “the god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4).

The kind of deep thinking the Psalmist refers to here is not the contemplation of a tranquil scene from one’s past, but reflection upon the mercies of God and the covenant He has made between Himself and His children. You will find elsewhere in the Psalms exhortations to meditate on God’s Word (1:2; 119:97) and His works (77:12; 143:5). So, meditate on the beauty of nature, if you like; but make sure it’s a vehicle of worship for the Creator. Contemplate on the writings of men, living or dead, if you will; but consume the oracles of the ever-living Word of God.

There are so many voices in life that seek to drown out the voice of God. At times, we can simply tune them out, but at other times, we must shut them out. During these times of solitude, the child of God, whose heart and mind is attune to Heaven will be comforted by sweet thoughts of Him, Who alone can delight the soul.

The most profound, and at the same time, most comforting, delightful thoughts within a true child of God, are thoughts of Him. May they outnumber all others in the “multitude of [our] thoughts today.”

“My meditation of him shall be sweet.”  (Psl. 104:34)

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