MEDITATIONS OF THE HEART…
What are you meditating on today? What’s important to you? Some people practice meditating on nothing which is something. But truthfully, the world is meditating on something. If it’s not on the things of God, the mind is mulling over and focusing on important and unimportant issues of life. Some guys get up in the morning and read the sports page. Some check out the latest market reports. These are not insignificant to their whole makeup. They have made a choice to push everything else aside so they can get their mind on what matters to them. And these “meditations” will inform them all through the day. They will talk about these things. And they will do it again tomorrow.
I’ve been reading the Psalms this week and the word “meditation” jumped out at me. A couple of things about this. First, we choose what will be the meditation of our heart. David said, “Let the word of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer”, Ps. 19:14. This gives us some important insight that our “meditation” can be displeasing to God.
Prayer is a good way to get real close to God. It’s time we pull away from those carnal or temporal meditations by intentionally speaking to God about the important issues of life. The Psalms are multiple examples of David speaking to God about the issues of life. The meditations of his heart were poured out in prayers for deliverance and prayers of praise to God.
In serious Bible study, also, we meditate on the spiritual truths that guide our lives. It’s during Bible study that God’s eternal wisdom comes to meet and challenge our musings. Early in the Psalms, he says that he meditates on the word of God in the morning and in the night, and when he’s in his bed, Ps 1:2; 4:4. The question is if our meditating is on the word of God? Or is our meditating only on things of the world and flesh. Is our meditating only on how to make money or how to get something? Is our meditations only on the government or on our own happiness? The focusing of the mind on the things of God is necessary to be “acceptable” to God.
David said in the 104th Psalm, “33 I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. 34 Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; As for me, I shall be glad in the LORD.” Think about all the “meditating” the spiritual man has done over the Psalms which were David’s songs to the LORD. In song, David poured out meditations of his heart. Question, does your worship song reflect the meditations of your heart? The meditations of the heart should truly be poured out in song. Otherwise, how meaningful or pleasing can it be to the LORD?
What are you going to meditate on today?