For my devotional time I try to read a Psalm a day, and this week I read Psalm 104 and one line stuck out to me. It was one of those times the Holy Spirit took a bright highlighter and spoke into a megaphone and I was convicted. Yes by the Psalms. Check these verses out, but pay attention to verse 34:
May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works, who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke! I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being. May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord. Let sinners be consumed from the earth, and let the wicked be no more! Bless the Lord, O my soul! Praise the Lord! – Psalm 104:31-34
Last month I read a book on walking with God. In this book the author portrays how a man can walk in a deep, personal, and meaningful relationship with God. Eldredge talks a lot about spiritual warfare, prayer, and bringing all things into the subjection of Christ (cf. 2 Corinthians 10:5-6). One thing he points out is in our hustle and bustle of pursuing sanctification in many areas of our lives, our meditations and dreams are often left unchecked.
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete. – 2 Corinthians 10:5-6
This rocked my world (and makes me shake in my boots a little bit)! I don’t remember most of my dreams, and the ones I do remember I don’t recall them being sinful. But still, I can’t say that my dreams and meditations (thoughts) are pleasing to God. As I reflect over the psalms, the author seems to constantly strive to meditate on things pleasing to God, if not God himself! I know that is not my mindset currently, and to be honest, most days.
his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. – Psalm 1:2
Do you think about how your dreams/meditations/thoughts look to God? I would love to hear your thoughts or how we can pursue to exalt Christ even in our meditations!