I’ve been spending some time in Psalm 143. Especially verses 5 and 6.
I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands. I spread out my hands to You; My soul longs for You like a thirsty land. (NKJV)
I’ve been thinking about how important it is that we meditate on His works.
Many of us are too busy. We’re so busy doing many things, good things, things that are often for ministry and/or helping others, but we may miss some important tasks. In this case it’s time thinking about Him.
The term “muse” isn’t one we use very often. Many modern version use the word “ponder.” The meaning in Hebrew means to “ponder or converse with oneself aloud.” We might say to deeply consider or to weigh a matter etc. Obviously, this is way more than just giving God a casual or passing thought. But how often do we just give God a passing thought? How often do we take some time and seriously think about Him and His works?
I have a friend of mine that can find the wonder of God in such simple things. He’ll often just stop while he is walking outside and be so moved over the beauty of a flower. He sees, way more than I do, the beauty of God’s Glory in simple things. But he takes time to muse or ponder over the wonders of God’s creation. He makes a point to see look at God’s creation and see His works.
In verse 6, the Psalmist says “I spread out my hands to You.” Of course there is a literal meaning here, but I also think this implies a mindset of being totally open to Him. To be a person totally surrendered to Him. It is something we often say that we are surrendered to Him, but are we, really? I’m thinking this has an application that I am just beginning to appreciate. Letting go of my desires and longing for His in every area of my life.
What does that really look like, being totally open to him?
That’s just something else to “muse” today.
Blessings My Friend