I love to meditate.
I don’t mean the kind where you sit on a mat with your eyes closed while the worries of the world melt away. I am referring to the kind where you lie awake in bed at 3:00 a.m. and recall each detail of the previous day, plus the 50 things on your list that have not yet been completed.
I’m really good at that kind of meditating. Maybe I don’t actually love it. It does come naturally to me, though. Maybe you can relate?
In the Psalms, David prays that his meditation and his words will please the Lord (Psalm 19:14). We can imagine David and the stressors of hiding out in a cave from his enemies, worrying ceaselessly about when they will come and if he will survive. His desire was that his mind stayed fixed not on what was true of his situation but what was true of his God.
Which begs the question—what kind of meditation will please Him?
Scripture says that without faith it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6). So what does a meditation based on faith look like?
I think it’s when we turn our thoughts from endless rumination toward asking God for the things we need, believing He will answer. It’s when we choose to let go of negative streams of thought that discourage us and remember the good things He has done.
Do you have a meditation in your mind that is being unkind to you today? An endless scroll that you would like to pivot from? Let’s pray this prayer together:
God, help us turn from idle wondering, fearful discontent, and worries. Help us turn our thoughts to You and the ways You will surely come through for us. Amen.