When reading this psalm, I imagine the heavens opening and the hosts praising God. They remember His wondrous works, and by doing so, they encourage us to do the same.
As we in the United States prepare for our Thanksgiving holiday next week, this psalm also reminds me of those around me. What images and actions do I choose to continually remember? If we remember the good things, we more graciously enter into relationship, even in difficult circumstances. But, dear one, if all we choose to remember is the bad, then we have squashed the opportunity to be forgiving, to give grace, and to extend the mercy we so readily receive from the Father.
What thoughts are you allowing to wash over you?
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” –Romans, 12:2, NKJV
Paul doesn’t speak idly of your thought life. He knows that if your mind is renewed your actions will follow. He speaks even more strongly about the power of thought in 2 Corinthians:
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” –2 Corinthians 10:4-6, NKJV
Our thoughts are weapons in our spiritual warfare. Are you arming yourself against someone? Or are you bringing every thought under the command of our Commander in Chief, Jesus Christ?
Be wise. Take discipline. And renew your mind that you may obey Christ.
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