As I read this Psalm one of the things that I am struck by is the fact that David spent time intentionally thinking about God. Thinking about who He is. Thinking about what He has done. He greatly valued his thinking time and used it to think great thoughts about God.
Which, of course, begs the question – how do I use my thinking time? And how do you use yours? What do we spend time thinking about. I’m afraid that I let others think for me most of the time. And I let the TV and internet fill the time that I could spend thinking about God. The bottom line for me, I am embarrassed to admit, is that I spend very little time, if any at all, intentionally thinking great thoughts about God.
As David thinks about God he is drawn to His beauty and drawn to want to know Him – this is what he says:
“One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.”
ONE THING! If you could ask God for ONE THING what would it be? David’s one thing is very different from my one thing. My theory is this – the reason why David’s one thing is what it is is because he spends time thinking great thoughts about God. The reason my one thing is what it is is because I spend time thinking great thoughts about me and about my job and about worldly things.
David’s thinking time leads him to prayer and worship. You can see this as you read as you read the last half of the Psalm. My thinking time leads to … well, nothing – mostly wasted time.
I’m thinking this is worth thinking about.