What do you think about the most? What occupies your mind space? What thoughts do you entertain the most? I was reading my Bible the other day and came across the passage where David asked the Lord to help him with the meditation of his heart. He wanted God to be his number one thought. He wanted his heart to be filled with the Lord so that negative thoughts had no place to be. He wanted his mind to be filled with God thoughts and not human thoughts that separate us from God. It is interesting to see that it was a prayer. It tells me that we can also pray for the meditation of our hearts to be all about God. It also tells me that there is a need for us to work on those thoughts and to guard our hearts against the negativity that is so rampant and so present everywhere. We often talk about how bad things are in the world and they are but we need to look on the inside and see how we can neutralize the bad that is happening there. Our thinking has a lot to do with how effective our faith is and how strong in the Lord we can be. A mind that is focused on the things of the world will not bear much fruit for the Lord. How can we avoid negative thoughts? How can we keep our hearts centered on God? It takes work, effort, diligence and prayer like David shows us. Today as we start this new week I am inviting you to take the “guard your heart” challenge with me. Work on staying focused on Jesus. Work on filtering your thoughts and making sure that negative thoughts don’t get the best of you. Work on the meditation of your heart so that it helps you share the mind of Christ and stay strong in His love.
We all meditate. We all spend time thinking about something. Whether it is our grocery list, upcoming exams, a difficult situation we are in, a person we love, a person we can’t stand. Our minds are always busy and at times we can’t keep up with what is going on there. However, the Lord encourages us to watch our thoughts and to control what is going on in our minds. He talks about renewing our minds and guarding our hearts. He would never ask us to do something impossible so we ought to get to a place where we believe and know that our minds can be changed and our hearts can be protected. Starting the process with a prayer like David did is a great way to start. David prayed that the words of his mouth and the meditation of his heart be pleasing to God. What words and what thoughts are pleasing to God? Anything that is pure and holy is pleasing to God. Does He like it when we have negative thoughts and we let them take control of our lives? Absolutely not! Negative thoughts will always be present but we can resist them and we can deal with them. Pray to the Lord that your words and thoughts are pure before Him. Thank Him in faith for His help and His assistance. Have the confidence that His Spirit will coach you and give you guidance so you can fight against the negativity. In David’s prayer we noticed that our words and our thoughts are connected. Sometimes our thoughts turn into words and I have also seen my words turn into thoughts. If I repeat what I have heard and I stick to that pattern, my thoughts can get negatively or positively impacted by my words. The goal is to wash away the negative thoughts and feelings and to replace them with what is acceptable to the Lord. Rebuke the negativity. It is of the devil. Resist the devil and he will flee.
In order to keep my thoughts and my words in line with the Lord’s mind and with His heart, I do a lot of rebuking and I do a lot of inputting. I input God’s Word in my mind as much as possible. I meditate on his Word. I do that every morning and during the day. I start the day with inspiration from the Lord. I get quiet before Him and listen. Verses come to mind. Encouragement comes to mind. I experience comfort and hope. I put myself at His mercy right from the start of the day. I set the tone for the day and my heart is learning to hang on to God’s love and to His comfort throughout the day. It is becoming easier to reject the negative chatter in my mind and to face the negative feelings that try to rob me of my joy. It is all happening because of how I let my heart meditate on the Lord and on His words. He has to be our priority and we should give Him an audience before we listen to what the world has to say. That is how we can develop protection around our hearts and our thoughts. It takes time and it takes discipline but it is worth it. Pray to the Lord and ask Him to give you the strength and the wisdom you need to get through this process. You will see how God becomes the meditation of your heart in no time. Stick with it and keep going. You are going to experience a change in your thinking and a warmth in your heart that wasn’t there before. Stay strong. Guard your heart and renew your mind. The meditation of your heart is going to be beautiful!
Suggested reading: Psalm 19:14; James 4:7; 1 Peter 2:5