As I was reading my Bible the other night, I landed in Psalms (which is normal for me). I was reading along and found a familiar passage I had read many times before, but, this time, I saw something in it that I don’t believe I noticed before. I found the word “sweet” written in a group of verses talking about singing and praising.
Most of the time in my writing, I use the NIV for Scripture as it is easy to read and understand. However, there are some passages in which the beauty of the King James Version cannot be matched. This is one of those passages – a passage where the word choice paints a richer picture that the heart seem to connect with just a bit more.
Psalm 104:33-34 (KJV)
33 I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
34 My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord.
“I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live…”
There is no disclaimer here. There is no mention of situation in which we are not to praise Him. It does not say that I will sing to the Lord on days when I feel great. Nothing is mentioned of only singing when the weather is great or things are going well. It simply states that “I WILL sing unto the Lord as long as I live…”
“…I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.”
As long as there is breath in my lungs and my heart continues to beat, I am to praise Him. So long as my sanity remains (which is questionable some days), I am to praise Him. Regardless of whether or not my “being” is what I want it to be, how I want it to be, or how I think I should feel in my “being,” I am still to sing praises to my God.
“My meditation of him shall be sweet…”
MY meditation of Him shall be sweet. Oh how I love that line! While I certainly want the Lord to be pleased with my thoughts toward Him (which is how the NIV translates that line) and the way in which I praise Him, my meditations of Him don’t just affect Him, they affect me as well. They should be pleasing to my soul. They should be beneficial to my mind. They should be healing to my heart. MY meditation of Him WILL be sweet – and it is because of Him.
“…I will be glad in the Lord.”
Such a simple statement with such wide reaching effect – and it is a choice. We must make the choice every day to be glad in the Lord regardless of what life throws our way. We must be determined. We must make up our minds to be glad in Him.
We must choose to sing to Him.
We must choose to sing praises to Him as long as we possess the physical/mental ability to do so.
We must choose to be glad in the Lord.
With the choice made, the issue decided, and determination set, our meditation of Him truly will be sweet. It is at that point that we can begin to understand more fully just how deeply the river of His heart flows, a river that flows with love beyond description, joy beyond belief, and peace beyond comprehension.