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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Oh, the Thinks You Can Think (Psalm 86:15)

"But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness."

The tendency to think thoughts that are unworthy of the Living God shows up during difficulties.

Every since his first conversation with the enemy the enemy suggests unworthy thoughts of God and then he rejoices when we distrust God. Everything in creation was good at the beginning until Evil entered into the garden camouflaged as a talking serpent. His first words question the goodness of God by asking a negative question, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?'" God instructs Adam first with a positive statement before He communicated a prohibition, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."

David teaches us, as we struggle with contrary circumstances, to boldly, loudly, and firmly proclaim God's trustworthiness: He is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. We have to fight against the Adamic tendency to distrust God. Thoughts of distrust take flight as we entertain thoughts worthy of God and verbalize our trust in the Living God by affirming His attributes out loud.
As I think about thinking my mind runs to a verse from one of Dr. Seuss' books:
When your thinks have run dry,
In the blink of an eye
There's another think there!
If you open your mind,
Oh, the thinks you will find
Lining up to get loose!
Oh, the thinks you can think!

Unbidden, unworthy thoughts about God line up in our minds just waiting to get loose and wreck the peace of God in our hearts. They are "an accident waiting to happen". Disciplining your mind to entertain God-worthy thoughts creates a similar line up. Unleashed, those God-honoring, God-exalting thoughts stimulate faith, bring joy to the heart, and keep your feet from stumbling during difficult days.

What's on your mind today? Oh, the thinks you can think!

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
Psalm 69
  • What imagery does David use to describe his situation and how it affects him at the beginning of this Psalm?
  • What does David do with the animosity he feels toward his enemies?
  • How does David express his hope in God in this Psalm?
Psalm 86
  • The words hear, answer, call, and listen accentuate the beginning of this Psalm. What does this tell you about David's hope and trust?
  • David asks the Lord for a number of things throughout this Psalm. Which request sticks out to you?
Psalm 131
  • What does this Psalm communicate to you about David's spiritual discipline?
1 Samuel 28:3-25
  • What does this passage teach you about leaders in a crisis who are alienated from God?
  • What had Saul's previous disobedience many years before cost Saul?
Turning truth into prayer
Ask the Lord to reveal to you the thoughts that you entertain that aren't worthy of Him and others.