Lately I have become aware that I do a lot of measuring. I suppose most of us do and really aren’t even aware that we are doing it. When I park my car I am gauging the distance of my front tires to the parking lines. When I prepare a meal I consider how much time I need to prepare it in order to serve it at a particular time. When I buy groceries I calculate the price of each item I place in my basket in order to stay within my budget.
I imagine by now you’re wondering where I’m going with this. Recently I read Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. I had to stop and ask myself if meditating on God is part of what I do each day, and if the words I speak are pleasing to God. After all, isn’t meditation another way of measuring? I guess that may be stretching it a bit, still, if I’m meditating on living for God, couldn’t that in a sense be measuring myself spiritually as opposed to worldly?
Several commentaries I looked at explain the words, be acceptable comes from the language of sacrifice (as in Lev 22:20); thus the request is that this song (Psalm 19:14) be a suitable act of worship before God, like a sacrifice.
When I first came back to the Lord I had to clean up a lot of things about myself and my language was definitely at the top of the list. I swore like a sailor. I’m certainly not proud of that, it’s just a fact of how I used to be. It was just as hard for me to quit using filthy language as it was for me to quit using drugs, smoking cigarettes and drinking. The profane language had become a part of me. I came to realize that it was because of meditating on God and on scripture that I was able to put those things away.
What we dwell on will be revealed in how we live. To keep our thoughts pure we have to guard what goes into our mind. Philippians 4:8
We are to train ourselves to be godly. We are to set an example in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. We are to keep a firm grasp on our character and our examples. 1Timothy 4:6-15
It is easy to become distracted with the things of life and of this world which we deal with on a daily basis. For me, meditation is an important part of what keeps my thoughts where they need to be.
Do you meditate?