5I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.
6I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.
(Psalm 143:5-6, King James Version)
Stop and Think!
Do you remember those childhood days when your parents would chide you to stop and think? The advice they gave is certainly still pertinent to us in this fast-paced, busy time in which we live. As a matter of fact, our harried lifestyles truly offer us very little time to stop and think.
Yet, here was David, pursued by his enemies, taking the time to think and meditate upon the works of God, which begs the question, just how much time do we take to stop, think, and meditate upon the works of the Lord, especially those works He has offered on our own personal behalf?
Of course the next question is, in our time of meditation, would our reaction be similar to that of David? I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Do we thirst for God? As we ponder the works of God on our behalf, do we yearn from the very depths of our soul for that sweet fellowship with Him? Or, are we so busy that stopping to take time to meditate upon the works of the Lord seems like a fruitless waste of time?
Perhaps that is one reason we tend to see such apathy among professing Christians of our day, especially in countries where prosperity abounds. Perhaps we do not see the necessity of depending upon the Lord for all of our needs, because, quite frankly, we are doing rather well on our own!
Do we honestly believe we have arrived at the point we are at in our lives on our own power? Do we really believe that we have gotten there by our own power, wisdom, and might? Who gave us the intelligence and characteristics we possess? Who chose our parents or the circumstances of our birth? Do we really believe that we are better than those who have been born into lesser circumstances?
Let us take the time to join David by remembering the days of old. Let us meditate upon the works of the Lord, understanding that His grace has been proactive in our lives. Let us see that even in what we consider to be bad or evil circumstances, the good hand of our God has been upon us, guiding, protecting, and leading us in the way that we should go.
Our world does not begin and end with ourselves! We are such a small part of God's divine providence for this world, and yet never so small that God is not personally and actively involved in the daily circumstances of our lives. It is an amazing thing, is it not? The Creator of the universe loves, protects, guides, and keeps all of His children all of the days of their lives.
Yes, stop and think of all that God has done for you; thirst after Him from the very depths of your souls, and your hearts will be filled with His peace, love, and joy!
God Bless You,