|My First Autograph Book...I think the scribbles along the top came from|
one of my children...
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Meditate on These Things
For many years I have kept the above plaque on the top of my desk, above my computer, to serve as a reminder to consider what manner of things we were reading, watching, researching and contemplating as we surfed the internet and opened windows into a world beyond which we had ever imagined before.
Prior to the computer, this same little plaque sat above our television...for the same purpose.
Here is the complete verse from the Bible, found in the book of Philippians, chapter four and verse 8:
Whatever things are true,
Whatever things are noble,
Whatever things are just,
Whatever things are pure,
Whatever things are lovely,
Whatever things are of good report,
If there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy~
Meditate on these things."
Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)
The following Psalm is similar in its declaration of what things are truly worthy of our contemplation and prayerful meditation:
"The Law of the Lord is perfect,
converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
The statutes of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
The fear of the Lord is clean,
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
and in keeping them there is great reward.
Who can understand his errors?
Cleanse me from secret faults.
Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins;
Let them not have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
and I shall be innocent of great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth
And the MEDITATIONS of my heart
Be ACCEPTABLE in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer."
After reading the above Bible verses I have to stop and examine my own heart and mind regarding the things I meditate upon. According to the dictionary, some synonyms for the word meditate would be: contrive.
Likewise, the meditations of my heart would be things about which I ponder, muse, ruminate , cogitate, study, think, contemplate, plan, devise or contrive to do.
The final verse of Psalm 19 above has long been my life verse...first taught to me by my mother when I was a young girl. She wrote this in my autograph book:
"A thought for every day"
I wonder what she would think today if she could see that I have made this verse my life-verse, and it is also inscribed at the bottom of my blog page as a daily reminder to make sure that whatever I write on these pages is indeed acceptable in God's sight. Her early words have truly impacted my whole life. Something to ponder about what we teach our own children and grandchildren...
When I sit down at my computer each day, whether at home or at work, it would be wise to re-read these verses before I click on any icon on my desk-top...and say a little prayer that God would help me to heed these warnings and admonitions before I strike the first key or open the first window. I know that there have been times that I have inadvertently hit the wrong key at the wrong time and had things pop up that I did not intend to or wish to see. Those accidental incidents were sometimes shocking and caused me to recoil as though I'd been snake-bitten. Snake-bitten, as by that old serpent himself, "The devil made me do it." But another Bible verse comes into play here:
"Thy Word have I hid in my heart,
That I might not sin against Thee."
Psalm 119:11 KJV
The fact is, when we hide God's Word in our hearts, verses like Philippians 4:8 and Psalm 19 will come back to remind us to take our eyes off of the offensive pages and help us to keep our meditations acceptable in God's sight. Then we can declare with the Psalmist in Psalm 119:15-16 ~
"I will meditate on Your precepts,
And contemplate Your ways.
I will delight myself in Your statutes;
I will NOT forget Your Word."
Lord, please help me to remember these admonitions and exhortations from Your Word today. Forgive me when I fail to do so and help me to stay on the right track in what I say, look upon and write. Thank you. Amen.