Keeping the Psalm 1:2 Command

Maybe one of the most difficult things for a believer to do is to mediate on God’s Word day and night. The psalmist’s command is an instruction to the redeemed to think on God’s Word continuously. Paul instructed the believers at Thessalonica to pray without ceasing. He wanted their fellowship with God to be without interruption. I have made it a habit to spend time in God’s Word everyday, but I often find that once I have finished my devotional time, and I slip into the rip tide of daily demands, I become the man James describes as having looked into the mirror and then walked away forgetting what he had seen. Many of my mornings after looking into the mirror requires that I forget what I have seen , but forgetting what God had given to me is not a good thing.

Paul tells the believers of Corinth to “bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” How can I meditate on divine truth continuously, without interruption? I have memorized scripture, but even on the best of days trying to recite scripture continuously is difficult. I spent several weeks attempting to memorize and meditate on scripture throughout the day. No matter how hard I tried to reflect on scripture when I was in between other duties it was difficult to redirect my mental focus to the scriptures.  

So, what tool has God-given to the believer so that we can obey this command? I believe sound Christian music allows us to meditate on God’s Word. It is interesting that the psalmist gave us God’s directive to meditate on His Word continuously and then he wrote songs which allowed us to keep the command. Good music honors God in many ways. But perhaps one of the most important ways it glorifies God is it allows us to meditate on His Word continuously. Have you ever been working on a project and then all the sudden you realize that a song is playing in the back of your head? Sometimes the tune is a commercial jingle or some silly novelty tune that drives you crazy. If we fill our hearts and minds with sound Christian songs they could be the tune playing in the back of our minds even when we are focused on other tasks.

 The subconscious mind is a powerful force in our lives. We need to fill it with good things and let it build the solid spiritual life God desires for us to have. Paul instructs the believers at Philippi on what they should be thinking about. In Philippians 4:8 Paul says,  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. It is easy for us to think on all the we should not think about. It seems natural for us to replay over and over failures or incidents that we feel were hurtful and unkind. We can become obsessed with sexual thoughts, but immersing ourself in the Word of God is difficult. The good thing is while it is difficult; it is not impossible. God has given us great tools for building a strong relationship with Him and sound Christian music not only uplifts the soul, but builds a strong spirit.

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