What’s On Your Mind?
Psalm 145:5 – “On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.”
What do you spend most of your time thinking about? When you finally get a quiet minute what thoughts come to your mind? For most of us the answer to the last question is fairly easy, we spend time thinking about family time or about vacation or about our favorite hobby. Or maybe we fill up our “free minutes” thinking about things that we need to do. The psalmist however had a different approach, he probably spent time thinking about a lot of the same things that we do but he also said, “I meditate on your Glorious majesty, Lord and I think about all of your wondrous works.”
In other words as he contemplated the ways of God and the works of God, he couldn’t help but think about God more and more. He thought about God’s kingdom (v.1) and about God’s unsearchable greatness (v. 3). He spent time dwelling on God’s awesome splendor, he focused on God’s majesty. He thought about God’s might and His power (v.6), and he was speechless as he came in contact with the love and the mercy of God (v. 8). He thought about God’s faithfulness, His provision to His children, and His righteousness. He did exactly what Paul told us to do 100s of years later when he said in Philippians 4:8 “finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
The psalmist dwelt on the things of God, and the ways of God. He meditated on them. But he didn’t just spend time thinking, his thoughts drove him to action, as the Bible says, “as a man thinks in his heart so he is.” The psalmist spent time thinking about the power and the splendor and the grace of God and it drove him to have a Godly fear and reverence. It drove him to trust God more and more. As he thought about the ways of God, he had to praise to God (v.1). He had to declare God’s greatness to other people (v. 6), he had to sing (v. 7), and he had to humbly depend on God (v. 15-16). As he mediated on God’s greatness it also motivated him to be obedient and to follow the ways of God (v. 20). He also realized the responsibility that he had to declare the works of God and the ways of God to the next generation (v. 4).
In other words he saw the greatness of God and he wanted other people to know about that greatness as well. So he made it a priority to tell others, and he made it a priority to tell the next generation. When we come face to face with the power of God, the righteousness of God, and the love of God, it compels us to do the exact same thing. It compels us (or at least it should) to praise, to trust, to humble ourselves, to sing, and to walk in obedience. And it compels us to share the good news of the love of God with the world around us, especially with the next generation. After all since God is so great, so holy, and so loving, why would we want anyone to go through life without Him.
What’s On Your Mind?