We think you will agree that life in the 21st-century is stressful. Hardly a day goes by where we don’t feel the weight of the world on our shoulders for some reason or another. Some of the major causes of stress can be biological, environmental, external, financial, relational, and yes even, imaginary (all those “what ifs”). You know what the causes of stress are in your own life.
After another long and tiring day we all have ways to unload and unwind. For some it is exercising at the gym. For others it might be a glass of wine and a good book. A walk on the beach or through a wooded park works wonders for many people. While most of the time we engage in healthy activities to unwind, there are also times we do some not so healthy methods, and we should really avoid those altogether, as they usually end up adding more stress due to the harm they ultimately can cause.
Sometimes we simply sit quietly and meditate, trying to relax and empty our minds of the clutter. Today we want to look at another kind of meditation, one that is not engaged in to “empty” us, but rather to “fill” us. When we read the Bible we should meditate upon the words we’ve just read, asking God to transform our minds and hearts through His Word, and in the process He is “filling” us with the goodness of the gospel message.
The first five verses of Psalm 103 gives us a good model for working God’s Word into our own hearts and minds. In verse 1, David speaks directly to his own heart when he says, “Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.” Here David is speaking directly to himself through inward dialogue.
And then in verse 2, we again see David speaking to himself, reminding his own heart of God’s goodness. We read, “Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”
And then in verses 3-5, he begins to list all the ways that God is good to us, each and every human being on the planet.
3 – who forgives all your sins, and heals all your diseases,
4 – who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 – who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
(We encourage you to read Psalm 103 in its entirety.)
Make it a priority to spend time every day meditating upon God’s Word. Doing so helps you enter into His presence and soak in His goodness. And there really is no better stress reliever than being in God’s presence!
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