Psalm 119:15-16 Meditation
I will meditate on Your precepts
And regard Your ways.
I shall delight in Your statutes;
I shall not forget Your word. -Psalm 119:15-16 (NASB 1995)
-It is important to meditate on God's Word
-God's Word should be a delight.
Meditation is a word Iyou have proboably heard. There can be a lot of confusion about what it is. Certainly we can find all kinds of instruction regarding this practice. For some, meditation involves a quieting of the mind, or an emptying of the mind in order to be filled with something of a divine nature. There are many teachings even within the church today about "Christian meditation." I submit to you that much of what is being taught these days is wrongly called "christian."
The word meditate in this verse is the Hebrew word "siyach" which means "to ponder." There is no mantra to recite, there is no quieting of the mind, there is no desire to become one with God. The purpose is not to receive some new revelation from God. For the Christian, meditation is a pondering of God's Word. That's it. It is what I do everyday as I sit down to write.
Why is meditation so important? Joshua 1:8 tells us why: 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 success. (NASB) We meditate on God's word for by it we become obedient to Him. We cannot hope to succeed without carefully doing all that is written in the Bible. Now this does not mean that if we do not meditate on God's word like this that we are somehow not saved, but I cannot stress enough how much fuller our lives will be if we give ourselves time to ponder what God is saying to us through His word.
Grace, Peace, and Mercy,
I am a woman with a Mary heart and these are my musings as I read and study God's Word
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