Have you ever noticed how Celebrities always have to talk about themselves? They have to brag in one fashion or another. They make sure they are wearing the latest and greatest things and then they talk about how cool they look in them. They even love to get on shows that show off their homes. When a group of them get together in front of a camera they can’t help but to compliment one another, so they themselves will be complimented in return. Then they will even judge their own performances, “This was my most dramatic performance.” It kind of goes with that old say, “Give yourself a pat on the back”. In other words, go ahead feel free to compliment yourself. Have you ever wondered why someone would tell you to do that? Why don’t they just compliment you themselves? Why do they ask you to say nice things about yourself?
David is the assumed writer of Psalm 104. It is a wonderful passage that speaks to the might and power of our God. It tells of his wonderful works. It speaks to how great He is. When you are truly doing a good job or a good person, you don’t have to pat yourself on the back. You will find that people around you will naturally speak well of you and that is the way it should be. How many times in the Bible do we see someone on equal ground with us speaking words of love and admiration for our God. Those kinds of words should naturally flow from us to. We should be able to look around like David did and naturally praise God for who He is and what He has done and what He is doing. Read Psalm 104: 33-34.
33 I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God while I live. 34 May my meditation be pleasing to Him; I will rejoice in the LORD.
David tells us all these wonderful things about God and then near the end he tells us that He will sing praise to God while he lives. After realizing how great and powerful God is, David then realizes that his thoughts (meditations) need to be pleasing to God. There is a certain realization that comes over man when they are face to face with God. Peter had the same basic experience with Jesus when they caught an over-abundance of fish at Jesus’ command in Luke 5: 1-11. He realized that God was Holy and Powerful and that he was a mere sinner. David came to a similar realization that sometimes his thoughts wouldn’t be pleasing to such a great God. He recognized the fact that his thoughts needed to be pleasing before our God. This verse is a great instruction to us. Look out! Our great God is powerful and mighty and we should therefore be concerned with how He perceives our thoughts. Does He see evil in our hearts? Would He be pleased with our thoughts? You might say this was even a reverse instruction. We need to focus our thoughts or meditations on God and His Word and all the wonderful things He has done and is doing. When our thoughts are focused on God we will come to understand Him more and more and we won’t doubt Him at all. This will make our thoughts even more pleasing to God.