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11/26/2013

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Meditation Of My heart


"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer" (Psa.19:14).

The 19th Psalm is a very unique writing of David in which he extols the wonders of God. It begins by saying: "The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of His hands" (V 1). It ends with the words of today's verse. I was getting ready to say that it would be a good source of reading and meditation for today, and then realized that this is the subject of today's devotional. Often we think of meditation as something done by Eastern religions, as they fall in and out of trances. The Thorndike Barnhart Advanced Dictionary calls it this: "quiet thought; reflection, especially on sacred or solemn subjects; contemplation". Webster speaks of a turning or revolving of a subject in the mind. As the Psalmist, David seems to have this in mind when he completes the writing. David looked up into the skies and just couldn't get enough of them, so he meditated on them. In some of his other writing, he reflects his passion for God's Word. He emphasizes it so much that we see that he could not get enough of this either. So what was the result of his great curiosity? "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight." It's kind of like that song that keeps being replayed in your thoughts during a particular day. The difference is that meditation is a planned way to contemplate and muse upon something that is important to us. David read the Word and wanted to know and think more about it. He looked at the starry skies and wanted to know and think more about his God, the Creator, that he loved so dearly. The gospels record how Jesus would often get away from the crowds, and even His disciples, to meditate. How often do we meditate on God's Word and Jesus' life? I look at reading as taking a sip of the living water. In meditation, we drink deeply from it to find the nourishment that will allow us to grow to be more Christ-like in our words and actions.

Have a great day.. Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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