Thursday, November 8, 2018

Scripture to Meditate On

Even though princes sit plotting against me, your servant will meditate on your statutes. Psalms 119:23

I'm guessing that you've notice the word 'plotting' in the first part of this statement. Someone is out to get our psalmist. What drives this home is the identity of his antagonists: princes. In the previous verse our writer referred to those who scorned him and held him in contempt. That's bad enough. But here we have people who have some power to make life really difficult. The psalmist is being threatened and the consequences of such threats are quite serious.

And yet, our friend doesn't give himself to worry and how to defend himself and all of that. The danger notwithstanding, he continues to invest the time and effort needed to think about what God has said about life and how to live it well. And that, actually, is why he doesn't give in to worry and the like. He understands something of God's ideas about life.

There are many things that Satan will use to distract us from what is really important, things like pondering the implications of the Word. Some of them are threats, like what the psalmist faced, while other distractions are good things which are offered as substitutes for what is better. The wise Christian understands his enemy. And he knows that the key to living well is knowing God's thoughts about the nature of reality, life in this creation. That is the priority of his life.