December 21, Your Thoughts
Today’s reading: Psalms 101-104
“May my meditation be pleasing to him,
as I rejoice in the Lord” - Psalm 104:34.
The psalmist prayed that his meditation would be pleasing to the Lord. That meant that the psalmist was not only careful to give God verbal praise, but he was also mindful of his thoughts, making sure that those were pleasing to the Lord as well. You have a running dialogue all day with yourself, and God is listening in while you talk Have you ever thought about God listening to your thoughts, and making sure that they are acceptable to the Lord? The objective is not to think one thing that is inappropriate but then say something appropriate. to cover that thought. Your goal should be that your thoughts and your speech are sources of pleasure for God. The psalmist gives a tip on how to keep your meditation acceptable, and that is to rejoice in the Lord, thus providing fertile ground for good meditation. Jesus showed that God is concerned with your thought life when he confronted the Pharisees: “Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, ‘Why are you thinking these things?’” (Mark 2:8). What is your thought life like? Do you even pay attention to your thoughts or realize how important they are? What can do today to maintain your joy so that your thoughts are as pure as God wants them to be?