What does it mean to meditate?
As usual, Satan has taken an instruction from God to meditate on His Word and twisted it into a lie. Meditation is a word we see in every magazine, but the use of it is misinterpreted. It’s not sitting in a certain yoga position and chanting a “mantra.”
Actually, the word meditate translated in our Bible means to read the scriptures, center your thoughts on a verse or passage, read it again, memorize it, read it again, think on that scripture and how it will change your life for good, then take it in, apply it to your life and do it. Let it bring life to your body, mind, and spirit.
Those of you who have been around cows will see that mind picture clearly! There are many animals in God’s creation that “chew the cud,” but most familiar to us is the cow. She takes in nourishment, but because she has four stomachs as she chews and swallows that bit of grass it is not assimilated into the health of her body yet, until she chews, swallows, burps up, chews it again, etc. That chewing process takes time to get that nourishment to where it will do her body the most good. And, you have no doubt seen a cow lying down in a field at complete rest, chewing, chewing and chewing, not concerned about anything going on around her……she is meditating!
What a picture of complete rest and peace!
Oh that we would take the time to meditate on God’s Word, not just read a passage, but to slow down and think on these things, and ask the Holy Spirit to teach us, and then apply it to our lives. Search the scriptures; they are the unsearchable riches of Christ. (Ephesians 3:8) You will find new treasures in His Word every time you read it. That’s why this book, the Bible, is the Living Word……it never changes and it never gets old!
Christians around the world are being persecuted and killed because of their faith in Jesus Christ, and they long for the written Word in their own language. They will give their lives for the right to keep their tattered and torn Bible!!!
Meditate on God’s Word…..make time for it. Just take one verse, memorize it, speak it, take it into your heart and mind until it becomes life and nourishment to you for your daily living.
Psalm 119:15-16 “I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your Word.” (KJV)
Psalm 1:2 “His delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.”
Psalm 19:14 “May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (NIV)
SO….CHEW, CHEW, CHEW ON GOD’S WORD!!!