Tuesday, June 12, 2018

What a Wonderful World

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”  Phil. 4:8 
Well,  given the depressing nature of my last post and all the emotions that were stirred up preparing it,   I had to remind myself once again of Paul’s beautiful admontion to the Philippians.   
If we’re to have peace in our hearts and minds it’s imperative that we “Rejoice, in the Lord always”  and  “be anxious for nothing”.    We are also exhorted to dwell upon those good and pleasant things God has given which include His gifts of common grace to all mankind.    
Were Christians to spend more time cultivating the positive healthy thought life Paul has outlined for us,   I honestly think many of us  would not be suffering from anxiety and depression to the extent that we do. 
I love what James Boice says about this in his commentary on Philippians.
“[Paul] is saying that although the pursuit of the best things by Christians will necessarily mean the pursuit of fellowship with God, the will of God, all means to advance the claims of the gospel and other spiritual things also,  it will not mean the exclusion of the best values the world has to offer.     The things that are acknowledged to be honorable by the best people everywhere are also worthy to be cultivated by Christians.   
Consequently, Christians can love all that is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable, wherever they find it.   They can rejoice in the best of art and good literature.   They can thrill to great music.  They can thrive on beautiful architecture.  They should do it.   You should do it.  Christians can thank God for giving us the ability even in our fallen state to create such things of beauty.” 1
My  favorite secular song is Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World.
The Lord has surrounded us with things that are virtuous and lovely, and He wants us to enjoy them. 


Philippians;  An Expository Commentary;  James Montgomery Boice;  Zondervan; 2000; Pg. 249

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