July 30, 2021
Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
My kids like to use new cultural lingo, and one adjective they particularly enjoy is “sketch.” Short for “sketchy,” they describe “sketch” anything that seems suspicious or suspect in their eyes.
This week we’ve been talking about the broken condition of our human hearts, and how we must be careful trusting our internal compass just by itself. “Follow your heart” sounds great on the surface, but if our hearts are “sketch” to begin with,z then what are we to trust to guide our decisions?
This is why it is so important for us to “delight” in the law of the Lord. This is why we need to “meditate” upon God’s Word and His ways throughout our days. God’s precepts give us a foundation for our internal compass to draw from. The more we dwell upon them, the more they influence our spirit and thought life.
Here’s a brief example: I remember once deciding to look at the Lord’s Prayer with a little more energy than my usual bored recitation. As I did so, I was struck by the phrase “Give us this day our daily bread” and especially the word “daily”. I’m a planner by nature, so “daily” just doesn’t work for me when it comes to food. Sheesh, Lord, why can’t I just ask for “weekly” or “monthly” bread? That’s way more efficient. Then I wouldn’t have to keep coming back to You, right?
And then I realized… that’s exactly the point. God wants me to come back to Him, every day, for all my needs. I was not created to survive and thrive on my own planning skills – I was created to live in a joyful, daily relationship with my loving Father and Provider.
And since that day I can honestly say, I have never encountered the concept of “daily bread” without remembering that moment. It has influenced my thoughts and choices (sometimes ever so subtly) with the memory that first and foremost God is my Provider, and nothing or no one else.
What do you find yourself meditating upon these days? Are God’s principles getting “refilled” into the foundations of your thought life sufficiently? Let’s ask God today to give us wisdom and guidance to fill our thought life with His Word and love!