Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8
One night recently while attempting to fall asleep after praying, I thought about Philippians 4:8 and which of the traits I could attribute to something that past day.
The Bible and the world God created provide ample examples from which to learn or observe true, lovely, excellent, and praiseworthy etc. Yet to my bewilderment I couldn’t think of anything in that moment!
But as I shifted my perspective from the natural to the spiritual, I suddenly realized that those seven characteristics are the Word of God itself! The God-Head three in one is all these traits – not possesses them but is them and so much more. What a revelation! My bewilderment turned to amazement.
- True: God’s Word is true; Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life; The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth.
- Noble: All of God’s plans are noble and from everlasting to everlasting.
- Right: All of God’s laws, commands, precepts, and judgements are right.
- Pure: God’s Word is pure – the pure milk of the Word.
- Lovely: The Lord’s dwelling place is lovely – the Lord Himself being our dwelling and hiding place.
- Admirable: All the handiworks of the Lord in the natural world as well as in transformed lives are admirable.
- Excellent/Praiseworthy: The name of the Lord is excellent and worthy to be praised.
We can compare Philippians 4:8 to Psalm 1:2: “but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night”.
What we love, we think about. If we love the Lord, we will think about Him continually. And as we think of Him, we will begin to see Him in every day things around us and in situations.
I observe the excellence of God’s creation when I admire the rolling hills with different hues of green; the blue sky with funny-shaped clouds; the birds in my garden chirping their morning melody; the rain to satisfy the thirst of the grass and flowers; or a gentle breeze on a hot day. Or I can even be thankful for thelovely cup of coffee I enjoy during my quiet times.
Even so, as a wise preacher once said, if you can’t find anything for which to be thankful, you can thank God for Jesus!
If you have trouble seeing, ask the Lord to open your eyes to the reality of Philippians 4:8. We all need a fresh perspective periodically for reassurance, growth, strength, and courage.
GOD IS EVERYWHERE AND IN EVERYTHING AND
SO IS HIS WORD; HE IS HIS WORD.