Musing Versus Amusement

2 Corinthians 10:5: Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

If we permit someone else to do our thinking for us, that someone should be Jesus. The wisest thing that we can study and think about (muse upon) is the Bible. It can direct us in every issue of life.

Psalms 1:1: Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Luke 14:28: For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. 33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

There is an immeasurable loss that men do not like to think about or know about when they are unwilling to seek the Lord*s will, trust Him and serve Him.

This devotional was written by Evangelist Wil Rice on Psalm 39:3: My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue.

We are a society consumed with being entertained; we want to be amused. As you know, amusement is the opposite of musing. Musing, of course, means to roll something around in your mind, to be thoughtful about something, or to think before you act. Many people are so sad with their existence that they would rather not think about it at all, so they seek to amuse themselves.

Yet, those who are constantly seeking amusement will never think their way clear in the things that matter most. In Psalm 39 David said, I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I may sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me. David said, I am going to think before I speak. I am going to pay attention to my ways so I don*t sin.

Then in verse 3 he says, My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue, LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am.

If we are constantly cutting ourselves off from thinking about things that matter, we are never going to do what is most significant. David was a man who had to take the time to stop, be quiet, pay attention, and consider how frail and brief life is.

It is amazing how much passion, fury, and fire people expend to get rich or to become famous. Even in ministry, people are so consumed with having a name, preaching in big venues, or being someone important. It is not wrong to excel or exceed, but if our whole life is wrapped up in making a name for self, then we are disquieting ourselves for nothing. We are expending energy, passion, and time for things that really don*t matter.

Our passions and energies ought to be put in the direction that is arrived at by thoughtful deliberation. Otherwise, we are just disquieting ourselves in vain. A life well lived is a life of action that proceeds from clear thinking.

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