Psalm 1:1, 2 - Blessed is the person… whose delight is in the law of the LORD and who meditates on his law day and night.
Whenever I hear the word “meditate” I think of yoga class. I’ve never actually had the pleasure of attending one, but that’s what comes to mind. I imagine sitting quietly and trying to empty my mind of all that fills it, the things that stress me, the things that scare me, the things that overwhelm me.
When God teaches me to meditate he imagines for me a lion who has a low rumble gurgling up from it’s mouth. It’s a lion who has caught his prey, has taken a portion of that prey for dinner, and now retreats to a quiet place to enjoy his meal. A low growl rumbles from his throat because he’s enjoy his meal.
Or imagine a dog who got his bone and now retreats to a corner to gnaw on it for a while. The dog growls and drools because it’s enjoying the treat.
God’s Word is a treat for our souls. It’s a food that delights us like honey to the taste. It’s like the finest wines and the choicest foods. Meditation takes that word off to a quiet place so that we can taste every nuance of the food, chew on it and take it to heart.
Meditation is a far cry from emptying our minds. Meditation is filling our minds with the one thing that will calm our hearts. Meditation is filling our minds and hearts with the words and promises of our God who can calm our stresses, protect us from dangers, and handle what we can’t. Meditation is filling our minds with what God says and enjoying every moment of it. Savoring every taste. Enjoying every nuance as it goes down. Sometimes sweet. Sometimes sour. Sometimes even bitter. But always good for the soul.
Lord God, may the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight. Your words are always good for my soul. Help me to take them off to a quiet place and enjoy the banquet for my soul that you have prepared for me today and every day. Amen.
POINTS TO PONDER
1.What does it mean to meditate on God’s Word? How is different than a typical understanding of meditation? How is it the same?
2.Explain how these words describe what’s needed to meditate: 1) TIME – you can’t do it in a moment. How does the psalmist make that clear? 2) QUIET– you need quiet space in your mind to be able to think about who God is and what he is saying. How does David say that in Psalm 46:10 when he says, “Be still and know.” 3) PREACHING – meditation is preaching the truths of God to your own heart.
3.How, when, and where can you give yourself time and quiet so that you can preach the truth’s of God’s Word to your own heart? How can you make Psalm 19:14 your own prayer after a time of meditation?