Psalm 105:2-4 Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always.
When we don’t have a grasp of who God is, of His infinite power and grace, then we aren’t likely to seek Him. That’s one of many reasons to read the Bible, to learn of His interactions with mankind down through the centuries. We can have a theoretical concept of Him as Creator, but until we know of how he has been personal with individuals and nations we aren’t likely to seek Him on a personal level ourselves. There’s a Japanese expression in the second half of verse two that says a lot to me. Where the NIV says “tell of all His wonderful acts,” the Japanese says, “let your thoughts be dyed (colored) with His wonderful acts.” The image of letting what God has done set the tone for our thoughts seems very appropriate to me. We think about all sorts of things, naturally enough, but if we focus on God and all He has done, that awareness is going to impact our every other thought. However, that isn’t likely to happen unless we choose it. Some thoughts are involuntary, certainly, but most are not. We choose where we let our minds wander! I’m reminded of D. L. Moody’s response to the young man who protested to him that it was impossible to keep from having “impure” thoughts. “You can’t keep birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building nests in your hair.” The “nests” we want are thoughts of God in all His purity, goodness and love. Immediate circumstances can definitely distract us from that, so we need to choose consistently to keep that our focus, so that it will indeed color all our other thoughts. When that happens, we can indeed rejoice in all circumstances!
I’m preaching to myself here! All sorts of thoughts assail my mind and heart. With my wife’s health issues, it’s easy to get off on a trail of “what ifs,” but that benefits no one and nothing. God has been incredibly gracious and faithful to us over the years, and He will continue to be so, so I am to reject every thought otherwise. Regardless of the immediate circumstances, God’s plans are good, to give us hope and a future, not only for this life but for eternity. (Jeremiah 29:11) I have commented numbers of times in the past that if I didn’t have faith, I would simply despair. That hasn’t changed! However, I do have faith, I do have a personal relationship with my Creator, I have committed myself to Jesus Christ my Lord, so I can rejoice whatever is going on. A Psychology professor who teaches with me has commented that I’m “a happy person.” I’d say he’s right, and it’s all by the grace of God.
Father, thank You indeed for Your amazing grace. May my thoughts be ever more colored by Your thoughts, Your Spirit, so that every part of my life may reflect You, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!