What are you filling your mind with? What are you thinking about? All of us have thoughts – day and night we think about things. Are they uplifting thoughts or are they depressing thoughts?
Did you know that God cares what we think about? That is why the Bible says:
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians (KJV) 4:8
Many of our thoughts may be passing. Some of them stick around for awhile. Some thoughts we just can’t seem to get out of our heads. That is why the Bible goes on to say:
“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.” Psalm 1:1-3
Puritan pastor William Bridges once noted, "A man may think about God every day and meditate on God no day."
God commands us to meditate on His Word and godly people model this in Scripture. God personally promises spiritual success, stability; fruitfulness and strength for thinking deeply about spiritual truth with the goal of understanding it and applying it to our lives (Psalm 1:1-3).
Biblical meditation is quite different from the popular forms of meditation suggested today.
Biblical meditations fill one’s mind actively with truth rather than emptying one's mind of thoughts. Like steeping a bag of tea in hot water, so the mind steeps itself in God's Word. Meditation allows our souls to absorb truth much like our body digests food and absorbs nutrients in our food.
Let me ask again – What are you filling your mind with? What are you thinking about? What do you meditate on? Is it uplifting or is it depressing?
Something to think about.