Recently in one of our Sunday services, I spoke about the importance of taking time every day to spend time alone with God.
Even Jesus as the God man saw the need to get away from the crowds to be alone in prayer, as we see in Matthew 14:23, Mark 1:35 and Luke 6:12.
In those quiet times, prayer is important. So is Bible reading! But, just as important as a discipline that we sometimes tend to overlook – is meditating on God’s Word.
God told Joshua in Joshua 1:8 “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success."
David wrote in Psalm 1:1-2 “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night."
To meditate on the law of God means to think carefully about it, to consider what it means, and put it into practice in our lives. It means to chew it over and consider it, to be like the cow and re-chew it several times.
Is there a promise that God is making?
Is there something God is telling you that you need to be doing?
Is there something God is telling you that you should stop doing?
Part of the value in meditation is letting God’s Word remain in our thoughts throughout the day. Just as Mary in Luke 2:19 “..kept all these things [about Jesus] and pondered them in her heart”, so we need to think carefully about what God is saying to us as we continue with our daily responsibilities.
I give you a challenge today; Instead of just making a decision to read through the Bible in the year (as many do at New Year and that is commendable), I challenge you to also meditate on one verse or two verses every day as well. Allow God to speak to you through those verses as you ponder them, filling your hearts and your minds.
Psalms 77:11-12 “I will remember the deeds of the LORD; Yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.”
Something to think about & incorporate into your day!