Thoughts of God

“There is something exceedingly improving to the mind in a contemplation of the Divinity. It is a subject so vast, that all our thoughts are lost in its immensity; so deep, that our pride is drowned in its infinity. Other subjects we can compass and grapple with; in them we feel a kind of self-content and go our way with the thought, ‘Behold, I am wise.’ But when we come to this master-science, finding that our plumb line cannot sound its depth, and that our eagle eye cannot see its height, we turn away with the thought, ‘I am but of yesterday, and know nothing.’ No subject of contemplation will tend more to humble the mind than thoughts of God.”
–Charles H. Spurgeon


John Main, a 20th century English monk wrote the following:
“Meditation has nothing to do with quiet reverie or passive stillness, but with wakefulness. We awaken to our nearness to God. We realize that the power of creation, the energy of creation flows in our hearts.”
from Moment of Christ by John Main

Regretful Words

Today’s headlines are full of regret. Newsweek regrets their story about the desecration of the Quran at Gitmo. President Vicente Fox of Mexico regrets his comment about blacks in the USA.

I know how they feel. There have been many times when I, like Newsweek, went ahead with a story (conversation) based on incomplete or unreliable sources. And there have been times when I, like President Fox, have presented my interpretation of situations in less than sensitive language.

How many times have I wanted to grab the words flying out of my mouth and shove them back down my throat? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.

And so I begin my day with prayer about my words.

“Though you probe my heart and examine me at night, though you test me, you will find nothing; I have resolved that my mouth will not sin” (Psalm 17:3).

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).

“The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just” (Psalm 37:30).

“I said, ‘I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth as long as the wicked are in my presence’” (Psalm 39:1).

“O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise” (Psalm 51:15).

“My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long” (Psalm 71:8).

“My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure” (Psalm 71:15).

“My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever” (Psalm 145:21).

Faithful Promises

“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the mighty. This I declare of the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I am trusting him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from the fatal plague. He will shield you with his wings. He will shelter you with his feathers. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.” Psalm 91:1-4 NLT

Praying the Psalms brings balance to my prayer life, praise to my lips, and peace to my heart. Just read these words from Psalm 91, letting them pour over your heart. Slowly read them again and begin to make these words a prayer from your heart. Focus on individual words and let your heart soar —

  • shelter
  • rest
  • shadow
  • refuge
  • safety
  • my
  • rescue
  • protect
  • shield
  • armor

What a sweet time of worship.