I was listening to a Podcast about God's power when a phrase caught my attention. My attention needed to be caught because I was unsuccessfully multitasking on the computer, distracted and not focused on any one thing entirely. Well, I was, until the pastor started talking about meditating.
May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord. (Psalm 104:34)
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)
Worry, he said, was meditating on the cares of this world. The only way to obtain inner peace is to meditate on the things of God.
...whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8)
The only way I can successfully do this is by frequently taking my eyes off of my circumstances, taking my ears away from all the negative messages around me, and taking my feet to a place of solitude.
Be still, and know that I am God... (Isaiah 46:10a)
Continually turning my thoughts, my meditation, to Him is not easy in this society. Everything around me screams, "Do not be content with what you have! You need more stuff, but you don't need anyone's help!" What I need is a helmet and earplugs to drowned out all the messages that are contrary to His.
Meditate on the things of God.
Remain in perfect peace.
Yes, yes, and yes.
Prince of peace, I turn to you. When the world tries to draw me away, I will continually meditate on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. Thank you for catching my attention and reminding me of these truths. Amen.