The Contemplation of God
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. — Psalm 145:3
Contemplate – to view or consider with continued attention : meditate on
Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised! I read this verse today and thought, once again, how often do I spend time contemplating the greatness of the Lord? My mind races with so many things throughout the day —my “to do” list, problems, disappointments, fears, failures —these all get attention and rehearsal time. But contemplating God’s greatness does not always make the list. But take a look at the benefits from Selwyn Hughes’ devotional. Contemplate God’s greatness. It’s a worthwhile occupation of the mind!
The Contemplation of God by Selwyn Hughes, Everyday Light: Water for the Soul
The contemplation of God— it humbles the mind, expands the soul and consoles the heart.
Humbles the Mind
When we grapple with other subjects we feel a degree of self-content and come away feeling, “behold I am wise”. But when our minds engage thoughts of God we discover there is no plumb line that can sound His depths and we come away thinking, “behold I know nothing”
Expands the Soul
We are only at home in God because we were made for Him. Contemplation of God is like breathe to the soul. It inflates it and causes it to be fully actualized.
Consoles the Heart
It does so by focusing the heart’s attention on the greatness and goodness of the Eternal and also on His tender mercies and compassions. We discover God is not merely interested in working out His purposes in us, but imparting to us a richer sense of His presence.