Meditate – Part 1
Scripture Reading: Psalm 119:41-47
Key Verse: Psalm 119:48
I lift up my hands to your commands, which I love, and I meditate on your decrees.
The third word in the definition of “study” that is key to understanding the Bible is “reflection.” Someone who studies reflects on the subject, allowing what they have read and investigated to sink into their mind. The writer of Psalms calls this practice: meditation. Meditation needs to be a part of every Christ follower’s spiritual disciplines. Don’t allow the mystics and Eastern religions to steal this biblical practice of meditation from you.
The simplest definition of meditation is to quiet yourself and reflect on the truths of God’s Word. We’ve been talking about reading the Bible as a daily practice. We’ve talked about the fact that there will need to be investigation on difficult scriptures that we’ve come across in our reading. However, it must not stop at this point of understanding God’s Word. We must move on to applying God’s Word to our daily lifestyle! This is where reflection can help us.
To reflect on what you read includes asking yourself if you are living out the truths you are reading. Reflect on your daily habits. Are they Christ like? Reflect on your entertainment choices. Would you be ok for Jesus to literally join you in those entertainments? Reflect on your conversations. Are your words kind and loving? (Continued)
Father, I want to become more and more like you. Help me to apply the Bible to my daily life. Point out weak areas. In Jesus’ name, amen.