Sweet Meditation

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“May my meditation be sweet to Him;
I will be glad in the Lord.” Psalm 104:34

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Phiipians 4:8

Have you ever paid attention to what you think about? The Lord does. He knows our every thought. Yes, even the bad ones. The ugly ones. The vengeful ones. The complaining ones. The ungrateful ones. The bitter ones. The hateful ones. The spiteful ones. The worrisome ones. The fearful ones. The resentful ones. The mean ones. The prideful ones. The critical ones. The judgmental ones. The condemning ones. The distracted ones. The selfish ones. The self-centered ones. The self-seeking ones. The vain ones. The derogatory ones. The worshiping-the-wrong-god-ones. The lustful ones. The sexually immoral ones. The unkind ones. The not-trusting-the-Lord ones. The controlling ones. The manipulative ones. The scheming ones. The dishonest ones. The wicked ones. Every single thought that does not belong in our hearts, that displeases God, that dishonors Him, that negates Him, that is rebellious toward Him, that is impure, that is immoral, that hurts the Lord, that is sin in His eyes, He knows them all. The Lord created us, and our hearts belong to Him, our minds belong to Him, as do our lives, but sometimes we hold our hearts and minds to ourselves and wrongly sinfully evilly and sometimes purposefully and sometimes ignorantly and unintentionally fill our minds with sin against God.

The psalmist in the first scripture above makes clear our meditation – what we think about – should be sweet to the Lord. Sweet in His eyes. Pleasing to Him. Honoring to Him. Kind to Him. Loyal to Him. Loving to Him. Humble before Him. Gentle before Him. Delightful to Him. Thoughts that bring Him praise and glory. Adoring thoughts. Tenderhearted thoughts. Peaceful thoughts. Thoughts of hope. Trusting thoughts. Restful thoughts. Thoughts that are kind and loving and forgiving and merciful and compassionate and caring and sensitive to others. Thoughts that reveal we love Him and we love others.

May the meditation of our minds be sweet and bring joy and pleasure to the Lord, and may the Spirit of God lead us to repentance and to purging from our hearts all thoughts that are not.

For the glory of God almighty through Christ, AMEN!

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