These musings on Saturday are just some random thoughts as I get ready to face the day after reading my Bible and thinking upon my day…
Genesis 24:63 “And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.”
Joshua 1:8 “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
Psalm 1:2 “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
Psalm 63:6 “When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.”
Psalm 77:12 “I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.”
Psalm 119:15 “I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.”
Psalm 119:23 “Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.”
Psalm 119:48 “My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.”
Psalm 119:78 “Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.”
Psalm 119:148 “Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.”
Psalm 143:5 “I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.”
Isaiah 33:18 “Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? where is he that counted the towers?”
Luke 21:14 “Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:”
1 Timothy 4:15 “Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.”
I grew up hearing that America is the best country in the world. While in many respects, that may be true, what criteria do we use to judge? Is it wealth? Possessions? Power and influence? By these standards, we have points to contend with most if not all the world. But what of her people? Are they educated? Innovative and creative? Artistic? Writers of great works? And lastly, what of her heart?
At one point in time, we were the largest country sending out missionaries around the world. Now, countries are sending missionaries to America to evangelize her! Basking in the compliments of someone are sometimes needed to bolster us and it may stroke our egos for awhile, but, that is not what any of us should live for.
Meditation, and not the art of Zen or any other mystical reference, is somewhat of a lost practice – especially amongst God’s children. We think someone a loner if they desire to take time to walk alone. We get frustrated with those who might request time to think and pray on a decision that seemingly is easy for us. Meditating takes time. It requires our minds to focus and process thoughts in a manner that would bring about a decision, come to a conclusion, or just discern what it is we believe God would have us to do.
Technology is slowly robbing our youth of this wonderful process. It provides images and thoughts in abundance that may or may not be logical, moral or even biblical. Considering that just about every movie made in Hollywood today breaks every one of the ten commandments rules out their logic and wisdom. We fail in personal relationships because we have failed to teach how to have interpersonal skills; like listening, etiquette, propriety, and just plain old getting along.
That unkempt, geeky kid that played kick-the-can with us in the alley was just as welcome as your best friend. And when we grew up, and he or she blossomed, they turned out to be a wonderful friend as well. In today’s world, we are quick to ostracize, quick to segregate, divide and distance ourselves, we miss out on opportunities to meet some truly wonderful and fascinating people. People that God would have us draw to the cross and be saved. But also people that God can take their talents and gifts and do some truly miraculous things for the cause of Christ.
I’ve learned not to trust the crowd’s acceptance or rejection of ANYONE. It has taken some time, but to view everyone as a soul for whom Christ died takes some time, meditation and a different perspective. As much as I need want and desire to be loved, I now see that everyone has that very same desire – and some have been without so long they may not know that that is truly what they need.
As you meet others today, look past the initial judgment of clothes, car or type of speech – or even how they treat you. Ask God what it is they might need from you or from God through you. Be an encourager! Be Jesus to someone today!