March 31: Soliloquy

Read Psalm 19:7-14

Last year, I walked into the barn, and the litter of kittens was making quite a racket.

The mother cat had brought them a rabbit, and they looked very wild as they tore it apart, covered in blood.

And I thought they were so cute the day before! As I watched them, I noticed that as soon as one got a piece of meat, it would run away and hunch over it, growling as it ate. The low, menacing growls continued from all the separate corners of the barn.

In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the main character gives a famous soliloquy: “To be or not to be, that is the question!”

Soliloquy is when a character gives a speech to himself. That’s exactly what my kittens were doing, off in their corners alone. As they devoured their meat, they growled to themselves, “This is mine! This is mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!”

Meditation has become a buzzword recently, with celebrities and famous figures insisting that it is a part of a well-balanced life. One popular meditation specialist proclaims, “By the end of this event, you’ll know how to shed stress, anxiety, and overwhelm, uncover the magic that’s inside you, stop hustling and start flowing, and tap into your own divine guidance.”

The soliloquies we preach to ourselves are important; however, if we deceive ourselves into thinking this mumbo jumbo about magic and divine guidance, we will be like bloody kittens humming to themselves in corners, ready to attack anyone who comes near.

The Psalmist wrote, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

As Christians, we must use our minds to preach the Gospel to ourselves, to think His thoughts and not our own, and to continually ruminate on the goodness of His Word.

Instead of life-draining soliloquy, we will find that He leads us into life-giving meditation.

What thoughts play like a broken record in your mind? How can you exchange them for God’s Word?

What Scripture can you memorize and meditate on today?

Extra Reading: Isaiah 55:6-11
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