Thinking on the things of this world – symbolized by the wine – exposes us to worry, anxiety, boredom and fatigue. But loving Him and meditating on the Lord is deeper walk that brings life, joy, peace and love. Many times, we wish to fill our thinking with Him only to wander and fail. The key to such a lifestyle is not trying hard at all but falling in love with Him – again and again!
We will remember your love more than wine. Song of Songs 1:4 NKJV
Loving the Person of Jesus Christ with such intimacy will enable us to think of Him and His doings (Philippians 4:8). The exhortation of Paul to the Colossians, when read (Colossians 3:2) in two different versions, underline this issue. The KJV states “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” While TLB explains the same verse as “Let heaven fill your thoughts; don’t spend your time worrying about things down here.” Where our affection lies is where our mind goes. Therefore, once we are in love with Him to the point that we prefer His love more than wine, we soon find it easier to meditate on Him as well.
What do we profit in setting our minds on Him? Why does Scripture insist that we meditate on Him? We may cite the negatives it deals with as: when we think of Him, it would be hard for the thoughts of temptation and negative emotions to dwell within us. Yet there is far more gain in remembering Him. The positive side of remembering Him more than wine is that it gives satisfaction and unimaginable joy:
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. Psalm 63:5-6 NKJV