Posted: April 14,2009
Let us look again at Psalm 48. It is set in the
times of Jehoshaphats battle with the king of Ammon and Moab. I turn
our attention today to verses 9-11 which says,
We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God,
in the midst of thy temple. According to thy name, O God, so is thy
praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of
righteousness. Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be
glad, because of thy judgments. I have entitled this section Ponderings
After The Battle.
I find here the Practice Of
Meditation in the words of the text, We have thought
word thought means to muse, meditate, or chew the cud. It is a
lost art among Gods people. The cow swallows its food, brings it up
again, and chews it until it turns to liquid. She then swallows the
remains and it becomes a part of the cow. David and Joshua both told us
that if we meditate day and night in the Word of God we would prosper in
all that we do. Dear soul, I cannot harp on the subject enough of
spending much time thinking upon the Word of God. We must fill our minds
with His Word. Remember, as a man thinketh so he becomes.
I notice in verse 9b the Principle
Of Meditation. They are not letting their minds wander here and
there but they have their minds set upon one particular subject. The
principle they are musing on is the lovingkindness of God.
Hosea tells us that in lovingkindness God drew us to Himself. The word
means to stoop, reach in, lift up and draw to the heart. This is exactly
what the woman in Luke 15 did when she found the lost coin. She swept
the house getting a large pile of debris even that which the animals had
left behind. She then stooped down, reached down, found the coin and
lifted it up to her heart. Let us spend much time today pondering the
first time our God showed us His lovingkindness.
In verse 9c we find the Place Of
Meditation. We are encouraged to think upon Him in the midst of
the temple. Let us not let the blessings of God pass before our
eyes and melt into forgetfulness. Where God is best seen, He is best
loved. No better activity than to assemble ourselves to think upon the
mercies of God. Be careful for such activity will turn to a time of
praise. Our God will inhabit the praise of His people. Remember the
battle is ours and instead of thinking about how the battle went they
are setting their affections on things above.
I see in verse 10 there is the Person
Of Meditation. They chose two things about the person of God to
meditate upon. The first is His name. The name they choose to
lift up is the word God. It is the Hebrew term Elohim. The word
is in the plural. If literally translated it would be the plural Gods.
We know there is one God but manifested in three persons, God the
Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. They are all equally God.
There is no greater subject to muse upon than the Trinity. The second
thing about the person of God is His nature. He is the sovereign
over all in heaven, earth, and under the earth. He is the embodiment of
In verse 11 we find the People Of
Meditation. The women of Judah are doing the meditation and praise.
It is fit because they are the most affected by war. They have sons and
husbands in the battle. It has kept them at their prayer altar day and
night until they see how the battle went. The text says Heaven or Mount
Zion is rejoicing so the daughters of Judah take up that praise. Those
in Heaven are praising Him for who He is. Their meditation has given way
to sight. Until we see Him let it be on earth as it is in Heaven. Let us
spend time today thinking upon our great God. You never can tell, it may
give way to a sweet time of praise. I am confident it will take your
mind off how your battles of life are going.