jan17 2023

Meditating On His Wonders

Psalm 145:5 (ESV) -- On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.

Whatever occupies our mind shapes our lives. The things we let our mind reflect and mediate on shape what we become. Thoughts matter. The focus of our mind is important. This is why fixating on a project, upcoming surgery, strained relationship, or whatever else, affects our hearts. As we let our mind lock on to those subjects, our heart’s affections follow. This is why some people are marked by worry, fear, depression, or any other number of things. It’s not an accident. It is a byproduct of what we reflect on.

Our passage today directs us to where we should reflect. We read in Psalm 145:5, “On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.” 

The psalmist writes that he meditates on the glorious splendor of God’s majesty and on His wondrous works. What is the glorious splendor of God’s majesty? It is His greatness. It is the holiness of His character. God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere present. Thinking consistently about those things blows our minds. To consider the power of God is breathtaking. Reflecting on His ability to be everywhere at once is astounding. Meditation on the attributes of God are how we look into the glorious splendor of His majesty. 

We also should meditate on His works. These works include everything He has done in creation. Sunsets, mountain ranges, oceans, jungles, giraffes, spiders, and newborn babies are all a part of His wondrous works. His wondrous works also include the things God does in the world. He saves sinners, hurls storms onto the sea, opens doors for work, heals cancer, and ushers His saints into His presence in death. Behold the infinite and wondrous works of God. 

How do we mediate? We take a moment to think about these things. Perhaps we begin our day or car ride thinking about something. Maybe something we read from Scripture causes us to mediate. We could practice meditating on these things prior to bed, or before a meal. We do not need to give hours to this (though you could). A few minutes can be enough to spark joy and love for God in our hearts. Meditate on His wonders today.

Reflection & Journal:
- Why do Christians struggle to meditate?
- What does it mean to mediate on God’s majesty and works?
- How can you apply this passage in your own life today?

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