Meditations That Please

May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord. Psalm 104:34

Today’s Psalm passage poses a particularly perplexing problem for me personally. Are my meditations pleasing to the Lord? In other words, do my personal thoughts bring joy to the Lord?

I have to admit, I occasionally have passing thoughts that are definitely not pleasing to my Lord! I’m sure we all do from time to time. But these passing thoughts aren’t what troubles me. I’m more concerned about my meditations and thoughts about spiritual things.

When I read God’s Holy Word, do I really think about what God is saying to me? Do I hang onto every wonderful word? Do I meditate on His precious words and ask God to help me understand how they apply to my life right now? Do I acknowledge how His words of wisdom help me each day with my struggles brought on by Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease? Do I thankfully praise God for His gracious gift of divine wisdom and inspiration after I’ve thought about the passages I’ve just read?

I must admit, I don’t always do these things when I read and study Scripture. However, I should! If I did, God would more likely be pleased with my thoughts and meditations. His Holy Word is too precious to be pushed aside or read half-heartedly. When I do, God must be disappointed!

If you read your Bible every day (or almost every day) like I do, spend some special time meditating on the passages you’ve read. Ask God to help you understand them. Ask Him how they apply to your life and circumstances right now. Then praise God for His gracious gift. Doing these things will be pleasing to Him and they will make your relationship with your Heavenly Father and His Son much stronger and deeper.

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