Ps 119 – “I meditate on your name all night, GOD.”
Worry is simply meditation on that which we fear and can’t control. Like an endless loop, it plays over and over in our mind.
We find ourselves obsessed with the “what ifs”. What if this happens? What if they find out? What if I can’t? What if he says? Our minds create scenarios that don’t stop; won’t stop. If we could shake it off, we would. But the thoughts fly through an open window and make themselves entirely at home in our hearts — distorting the truth, creating chaos, and stoking our fear.
Yes, we have no trouble meditating. But we do struggle to meditate on that which would strengthen us.
The Psalmist declared “I meditate on your name all night, GOD.” We might do well to take a leaf out of his book. When did we last ponder the names of GOD? When did we last stop long enough to focus intentionally and thoughtfully on Him?
Mighty One. Everlasting Father. Creator.
The LORD of hosts. The LORD who provides.
Deliverer. Redeemer. Rock.
Savior. Prince of Peace. Holy One.
Shepherd. God of Righteousness. King of Kings.
Shield. Fortress. Light.
Lord of Lords. King of Glory. Most High.
Living One. Father of Mercies. I AM.
Each name has multiple layers. Each name reveals more of Him. The names describe Him, define Him, and draw us closer to Him. Christ is not one-dimensional. The names of God, revealed by God, carry the power to connect us with God in deep ways.
Today, let’s take a moment to meditate — not on what we fear and cannot control, but on what GOD has graciously and powerfully revealed of Himself. We may find — on this 26th day of Lent — a fresh way to pray and unexpected encouragement for the soul.
Breath Prayer for the Day: Choose just three of the names listed above and use them as your breath prayer today. Say them. Pray them. Ponder them.