When we learn to meditate on God’s Word, then the mere knowledge 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, “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 haven’t spent sufficient time in meditation and prayer. Meditation is not some great mysterious process reserved for super-spiritual people. 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 to we spend meditating on 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 mediation on God’s Word, we find something remarkable begin 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, which was inspired by the King of the Universe, and to know that it is full of messages intended to draw my heart close to His. Thus, the Psalmist wrote that “his delight is in the law of the Lord.” We delight in what is precious to us. 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. He is The Word (John 1). His Word plants us by the water and makes all we do prosper.
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