When we learn to meditate on God’s Word, then it becomes so much more than mere head knowledge. It is transferred from our mind and becomes the deep, delightful, utterance of our heart. The Psalmist said of the one who walks in God’s ways that…
“his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”Psalms 1:2-3
Has this happened to you? When you read God’s Word, does it cause your heart to be moved with passion, delight, humility, joy, gratefulness, love, or a deep sense that God is speaking to you personally?
When the reading of God’s Word has been more of a dry, intellectual experience, it’s usually because I have lost my relational connection with God. I have not spent sufficient time meditating on who He is and what He has done for me. I haven’t asked Him to guide my path. And I haven’t counted the blessings He has given me.
With regard to “meditation,” this is not some great mysterious process reserved for super-spiritual people or the far eastern religions. It is simply thinking, contemplating or pondering a thought. Who has thoughts greater than God? He has given them to us in His Word. How much time do we spend meditating in His thoughts? When we read a passage, we should think about what it means, how God is teaching us through it, how we can learn to better glorify Him by applying it, etc.
As we begin to engage regularly in the process of meditation on God’s Word, we find something remarkable begins to occur.
We begin to find delight in God’s Word! I never believed I would ENJOY reading God’s Word—but when I meditate on the messages of His Word, it becomes personal—like God has written it just for me! It is a profoundly humbling and delightful experience to read the Bible and to know that it is full of messages intended to draw my heart close to His. The Psalmist understood this and thus wrote that “his delight is in the law of the Lord.”
We delight in what is precious to us.
Is there anything more precious than God’s Word? When we meditate on God’s Word, it works itself deep into our soul and then we find ourselves longing after the full enjoyment of Christ himself. Jesus is The Word (John 1). When we allow His Word to come into our mind and take root, we are like
“the tree planted by the rivers that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever we do shall prosper.”Psalms 1:3
When we have a deep love relationship with God, His Word is —our love letter.
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