We’re continuing our Women Living Well series this week on the topic of your walk with the King.
“His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:2
I love how we are focusing this week on our walk with the King, and Courtney has done such a good job showing us the importance and value of making God’s word a priority in our lives.
I’d like to focus on meditation. It’s a critically important aspect of Bible intake that is too often neglected and ignored.
Much of our spiritual coldness is not because we aren’t “doing” but because we aren’t “dwelling.” It’s one thing to quickly read a verse or two and then run out the door never to think about it again. But in Col. 3 Paul tells the church to “set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”
Setting our mind on the things that are above is Meditation. Meditation is not an emptying of one’s mind, like some religions teach, but a filling of our minds with the truths of God’s word. It is to mull over the things we have read or the preaching we have heard. Meditation is basically preaching to yourself–reminding yourself of the things you are learning or have already learned.
As you read, pause frequently to meditate on the meaning of what you are reading. Absorb the Word into your system by dwelling on it, pondering it, going over it again and again in your mind, considering it from many different angles, until it becomes part of you.
-Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Reading and studying scripture can sometimes devolve into a mere work of the mind, but mediation is a work of the heart. It is taking what we have read and mulling it over and over until it takes root in our heart. Only then will it bring change.
“Squeeze every drip of nourishment out of the passage all day long through these short readings of Scripture. Meditate on God’s Word day and night, and you will soon find your life transformed by the renewing of your mind!” Courtney Joseph, Women Living Well
We are very quick to look for the practical application of scripture. This is great especially since we are called to obey. But sometimes the practical application of the scriptures that we read is not what we are to do, but how we are to think. This can be a bit trickier to learn and will take thought and time.
We are a forgetful people. We read scripture and we often forget what we read minutes after we read it. The busyness of life and the distractions of the world can crowd out the truth we read. This is where mediation will help us.
Without meditation, the truths of God will not stay with us. The heart is hard, and the memory slippery—and without meditation all is lost! As an hammer drives a nail to the head—so meditation drives a truth to the heart.
– Thomas Watson
We often think that we need to cut out big chunks of time in order to meditate on God’s word. While it would be great if we could do that, there are other times in our day when we can do the work of meditation.
1. When we are getting ready for the day
Instead of letting our thoughts run to all the things we need to do for the day we should use that time to think on the the verses we have read or sermons we have listened to. This can be done in the shower or while we are getting ready.
2. When we are sitting down to eat.
At least three times a day we sit and eat. This is a great time to meditate on the provision of God in our lives. How has God blessed you and what does the scripture say about God’s care for you?
3. When we are driving
We spend a lot of time in the car: driving to work, driving the kids to school, and running errands. This is a wonderful time to meditate on the truths of God that you studied during our quiet time. To examine those verses in your mind from every angle and to ask God to help them take root in your heart.
4. When you are going to sleep
The wonderful thing about meditating on God’s word is that your can do it in the dark with your eyes closed! Think about the power of God. The fact that he gave you every breath you breathed that day, that he is the one who will give you sleep and he will be the one to wake you again in the morning. Don’t let yourself worry about the next day, but focus on the day you just had. Repent of sins committed, thank God for all the good things in your day and all the hard things he brought you through.
Meditation has been given to us as a means of letting the word of God dwell richly in us leading to a deeper knowledge of God, a stronger faith, and our ongoing transformation into the image of our dear Savior.
The Scripture is a love letter which the great God has written to us. We must not run it over in haste—but meditate upon God’s wisdom in writing, and his love in sending it to us.
Jen Thorn and her husband, Joe, live in IL with their 4 children. She loves studying theology, reading the Puritans, and has a passion for horchata and all things chocolate. Jen blogs at JenThorn.com as well as goodmorninggirls.org. Follow her on Twitter @jenlthorn and Facebook.
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