“Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.” Psalms 119:23
Here in today’s verse we read that the psalmist, who is being talked about and gossiped about, is pointing his thoughts towards God’s statutes [commandments].
Sometimes, in the midst of a trial, we can become distressed in our efforts of trying to decipher what is coming from God and what is the fiery dart from the enemy.
We question everything and that’s okay. If we are to try every spirit (false teacher) I John 4:1, then we should try the thoughts that are guiding us as well.
When your brain is on overload with all of that “thinking” and others begin talking about you, you just may find yourself at a loss. And that is not a fun place to be. I believe this is one of the reasons that David plead with God:
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:” Psalms 139:23
He knew his heart and his brain needed help if he was to accomplish anything.
So how can we practically look at today’s verse in Psalms and make application to our own personal lives?
Well, let’s follow suit and think on God’s Word. That means we need to put It in first place.
“Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.” Proverbs 16:3
We need to have some good, old-fashion, commitment.
My mom writes and teaches a lesson called: Same time, Same place and Same Bible. Basically, she teaches that you need to have the gumption to make the decision to sit down everyday in the same place at the same time and study God’s Word.
Proverbs TELLS us that if we commit our works to the Lord our THOUGHTS will be established.
(But you want to pull out your phone, check facebook, read email, play a game and text your kids first, right?) And before you know it, the clock’s hands have changed and you have to run to work or school. And there went your time to dwell in God’s Word. There went the time that God had for you to find guidance in His Words.
So don’t get surprised and upset later during the day when you feel frazzled and don’t know what to do! You knew the battlefield was where you were headed and you chose NOT to prepare yourself.
Choices have to be made and the consequences of them will have an effect on our daily walk!
How did the psalmist handle criticism? He meditated on God’s Word:
Meditate means: to ponder, that is, (by implication) converse (with oneself, and hence aloud) or (transitively) utter: – commune, complain, declare, meditate, muse, pray, speak, talk (with). – Strongs
He committed his works to God and God established his thoughts.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
Try it! The Bible is a supernatural Book and It will do exactly what God says It will! It will discern all those thoughts that come assailing from the enemy! God will help you if you will choose Him and commit to Him.
“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 beany virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
Take time to meditate on God’s Word. Turn off your phone’s notifications, delete apps that are stealing your time, and deny the enemy entrance into your daily walk with Christ.
Now, remember our heart is wicked and in the flesh we can NOT prevail.
“The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.” Psalms 94:11
God knows we are prone to self destruction, pride and wrong doing. This is why we MUST humbly come to Him and commit our life and thoughts to Him. And we need to do it every day.
He offers a way of escape through His statutes in His Word. Will you commit your life to Him and take that escape route or just keep doing the same old things you have always done and let the days and weeks and years pass in confusion brought by the enemy?
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Numbers 21 / Isaiah 57-58 / Psalm 105 / Luke 1