“I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways” (v. 15).
Meditate. Dictionary(dot)com says it means to engage in thought or contemplation; reflect. It’s not just letting thoughts run through our heads. Rather, it means we engage with what we’re reading in the Bible. We don’t just let our eyes run over His Word, we take it in and chew on it. We don’t just mouth the words to a worship song, we offer Him ourselves in full knowledge of who it is we are singing to.
When the writer of Psalm 119 took his pen to the parchment, he had contemplated God’s ways, God’s Word, deeply. So deeply, it seems, that his only possible reaction to what he found inside was pure and utter worship for the One True God. Worship that needed no less than 176 verses to complete the entire song.
He offered God his undivided attention from the word on the page to the deepest thought of his mind. I will meditate and pay attention to all Your ways, O God!
“Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness” (v. 2).
The Message interprets the command to worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness as a command to stand at attention! Dress your best to honor him . . . in awe before God’s glory.
David knew that Almighty God was worth every ounce of respect and honor anyone might possibly offer Him. All glory, in fact, is due to the LORD alone.
So when we enter into worship, whatever form that might take, we do it with reverence, in honor of who God is. When we offer up our praise, whether it be at church or in the car or standing in front of the kitchen sink, we approach Him in full acknowledgement of His all-deserving glory.
We don’t just mouth the words and sing along, we whole-heartedly offer Him the glory due His name. We don’t just hear the Word or let our eyes run over the letters, we engage. Because He is worth it.
He is worth our best effort. He is worth our energy.
The God Who reigns over all the heavens, the One whose Word created life itself deserves of our everything. Will you worship Him today in a way that offers the honor that He is due?