This is a brand-new year. Perhaps you’re like me and you want to improve your outlook on life. If we want to change our perspective, then we need to start practicing the lost art of meditating on God’s Word.
Perhaps you don’t think you know how to meditate, but in actuality you probably already are!
But are you meditating on the RIGHT things?
Whenever we worry or fret, we are meditating—on the negative. We are letting our minds concentrate on the wrong things.
Doubt, distrust, dread, depression, disappointment, and discontentment are a few of the dirty D’s of the Devil. This type of detrimental meditation de-motivates and discourages us. They rob us of joy, peace and hope (Jn 10:10). So many of us are letting the devil tempt us in our thought life.
This type of meditation displeases the Lord and deprives Him of glory. It causes us to sin.
The Bible says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Pr 23:7 NKJV).
Like it or not our thoughts lead to actions. Whatever we deliberately think upon affects what we do.
- Ruminating on all the “what if’s” paralyzes us with fear.
- Replaying the way someone has hurt us prevents forgiveness.
- Repeatedly focusing on what we do not have or do not want leads to complaining.
I hope you’re getting the picture.
The good news is we Decide what we will Dwell on!
However, it takes effort—lots of effort, to meditate on the right things. The Lord knows are propensity to think wrongly. So, He kindly provides us with everything we need (2 Pet 1:3), including the ability and incentives.
We read many of these benefits of hiding His Word in our hearts in that beautiful passage of Psalm 19. There He tells us that His Word revives us, makes us wise, gives us joy, enlightens our hearts, and warns us against sin (Ps 19:7-9).
They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb…in keeping them there is great reward. (Ps 19:10-11)
I have found this to be true. God’s truths have drastically changed me! I have been transformed by the renewing of my mind (Rom 12:2). When I choose to deeply think upon what is good and right, I don’t lose heart with all of life’s hardships. Just like Jesus, I can endure my “cross” for the eternal joy set before me (Heb 12:2-3).
But I need to continue, you need to continue, to meditate on The Truth. Otherwise, we will lose the right perspective—God’s perspective and lose heart.
So my friend, the next time you find yourself feeling negative…
- Examine your thoughts to detect wrong ones, then displace them with right ones.
- Debunk the lies of the deceitful defiler and choose to meditate on the RIGHT things.
- Don’t dwell on the dirty D’s of the Devil, instead dwell on the delightful D’s of your Deliverer!
- Decide to deliberate on the truths of God’s doctrine.
- Dawdle in the presence of your dynamic, dazzling Designer.
- Delight in your delicious, desirable Deity.
It only makes sense to devote and dedicate your life to the most distinguished Director of all the universe!
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart! (Ps 37:4)
Will you pray this with me?
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Ps 19:14)
P.S. I hope I didn’t overdo the alliteration with the letter D! 🙂 If you like that kind of stuff then check out this tool to help you meditate on the RIGHT things.
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