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"May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord" - Psalm 104:34.

The psalmist prayed that his meditation would be pleasing to the Lord. That meant the psalmist was not only careful to give God verbal praise, but was also mindful of his thoughts, making sure those were pleasing to the Lord as well. You have a running dialogue all day with yourself - it's called self-talk - and God is listening in while you do. Have you ever thought about making sure your thoughts are acceptable to the Lord? The objective is not to think inappropriate thoughts but then to say something appropriate to cover them, denying those thoughts are even present. Your goal should be for your thoughts and speech to be sources of pleasure for God. The psalmist gave us a tip on how to keep your meditation acceptable, and that is to rejoice in the Lord, thus providing fertile ground for good meditation. Jesus taught that God is concerned with your thought life when He confronted the Pharisees and said, "Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, 'Why are you thinking these things?'" (Mark 2:8). What is your thought life like? Do you even pay attention to your thoughts or realize how important they are? What can do today to maintain your joy so your thoughts are as pure as God wants them to be?

Today's reading - Psalms 101-104


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