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Don't Make Me Think Psalm 4

Don't Make Me Think

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A study reveals that people don't particularly enjoy sitting down in a quiet place alone with their thoughts. In fact, some would prefer to administer an electric shock for the sheer stimulation and distraction. Yet, the psalmist advises us in times of stress "to ponder." How does this apply to us today?

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Count Your Wows," April 13, 1997, at

The ancient psalmist advised, "When you are disturbed, do not sin; ponder it on your beds, and be silent" (emphasis added).

Good advice, no doubt. But we can't help but wonder if such "pondering" was as disliked then as it is today.

Recent research suggests that people don't like to ponder or think these days. The report summarized the results as follows: "In 11 studies, we found that participants typically did not enjoy spending six to 15 minutes in a room by themselves with nothing to do but think, that they ...

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