I Was Just Thinking About - PONDERING.
How much time does one spend in pondering Almighty God - who He is and what He does? Pondering means: “to weigh carefully in the mind; to consider thoughtfully; to meditate.”
A great Hymn of worship, Praise To The Lord, The Almighty, contains these thoughts in two of the stanzas:
Praise to the Lord,
who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,
Who, as on wings of an eagle, uplifteth, sustaineth.
Hast thou not seen, How thy desires all have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?
Praise to the Lord,
who doth prosper thy work and defend thee,
Who from the heavens
the streams of His mercy doth send thee.
Ponder anew What the Almighty can do,
Who with His love doth befriend thee!
In response to "What is the chief end of man?", the Westminster Shorter Catechism #1 is: Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. One way by which this can be accomplished is the application of Hebrews 13:15-16, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise, the fruit of lips that confess His name. And do not neglect to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
There can be serious consequences for those who fail to glorify God and enjoy him. He wants us to take Him seriously and to heed His Word in all areas of life. The Lord raised a vital issue with His people in Hosea 4:6, where He said: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you…And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.” One generation can have a negative impact on seceding generations. The Lord also shares with His people that which will delight Him, Jeremiah 9:23-24, “Thus says the LORD: Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.”
Prayerfully - consider these things with me.