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HOW to Meditate on The Word Of God
HOW do we meditate on the Word of God? The Bible instructs Christians to meditate on the Word of God, but just HOW are we supposed to do that? Just WHAT does it mean to meditate on the Word of God?
A Worldly Definition of Meditation
If you look in the dictionary to see what the word meditate means, you can find many different definitions. I will give a general meaning based upon what most people think meditation is: Unhurried inspection on the author’s work with the main reason of better understanding it; attentive thinking that involves a subject on the mind to practice calming the mind and body; clearing of the mind; a clearing of thoughts; having a mind that is open.
BEWARE!!! An open mind is one that is subject to spiritual attack or evil influence from demons or wicked spirits. The big problem with an open mind is that it is wide open for Transcendental (Mystical) Meditation, which is a practice that comes from Hindu traditions that promote deep relaxation through the use of a mantra (chant). A mantra differs from one religion to another, for Buddhism, Hinduism and New Age ideas depend on the group’s beliefs and is dependent on the context of it. Some of this is practiced even in the work place, at Yoga classes, and in many Eastern religions.
This is NOT what the Bible means by meditating on the Word of God. http://worldlychaos.org/w_c_yoga.1.htm
Meditating on the Word
I believe that meditating on the Word of God is a lost art in the church today. We lose SO much when we simply read the Bible in a hurried fashion and do not meditate on it. The Psalmist says:
Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (KJV)
Psalm 119:16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. (KJV)
Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (KJV)
Psalm 119:116 Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope. (KJV)
Psalm 119:140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. (KJV)
How are we to hide God’s Word in our heart? Mainly by meditating on it. There is SO much power even in one tiny verse . . . even in one word . . . BEWARE!!! We cannot reap the power if we speed right past it. We can also memorize Scripture.
Great Benefits of Meditating on the Word of God
There are some verses that tell us that we should meditate on the Word of God, and tell us why we should meditate on it and what the benefits are:
Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (KJV)
Psalm 49:3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding. (KJV)
Psalm 104:34 My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD. (KJV)
Psalm 119:15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. (KJV)
Psalm 119:24 Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors. (KJV)
Psalm 119:97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. (KJV)
Psalm 119:148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word. (KJV)
If we meditate on God’s Law, and I do NOT mean the Mosaic Law, then we will “be careful to do all that is written in it.” You cannot obey what you do not know. And God promises to “make your way prosperous” and you’ll have “good success” if you meditate on it. Meditating and memorizing Scripture is like “hiding His Word” in your heart. IF we persistently meditate daily on God’s Word, when we are tempted, we can better resist sin because we already know the precepts, statues and Laws of God.
SO . . . WHAT is God’s law to us today?
Matthew 22:36-40 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (KJV) . . . Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind . . . Mark 12:29-30 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. (KJV) . . . Mark says that Jesus began His answer by referring to the doctrine of the unity of God, "Hear, O Israel; the Lord our God is one Lord" (Deut.6:4). This was most likely said because all TRUE obedience depends on the correct knowledge of God. NO one can keep His commandments IF they are not acquainted with His nature, His perfections and His right to demand obedience.
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart . . . meaning that we MUST love Him supremely, more than all other beings and/or things (Mat.10:37-38), and with all the passion possible. We must be dedicated to Him. To love Him with all the heart is to secure our affections totally on Him, being willing to give up all that we hold dear at His command, if it were ever to come to that.
And with all thy soul . . . all our life, meaning to be willing to give our life to Him, and to devote our life to His service. We must be willing to live for Him, and to be willing to die for Him IF He so commands. This is RARE in America, so far! But I see it getting closer and closer. Chaplains are forbidden to name the Name of Jesus to the military! This is absurd! The Name of Jesus is the ONLY Thing that can save them! Mark 8:38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. (KJV)
Luke 9:26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels. (KJV) . . . BEWARE!!! Refusing to name the Name of Jesus . . . is being ashamed of Him!
And with all thy mind . . . we must submit our intellect and understanding to His will. We must love His Law and Gospel more than we do any decisions for self. We must be willing to submit our all to His teaching and guidance. We must be willing to devote to Him all our academic achievements, and all the results of our educated efforts.
With all thy strength . . . as is in Mark’s version, which I am adding here, meaning with all the ability and power of body and soul. We should labor and strive for His honor and His glory, being willing to make Jesus the great Object of all our efforts. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God: (Deut.6:5; 11:1; 19:9; Mat.22:37; Mk.12:30; Lk.10:27).
Matthew 22:38 This is the first and great commandment. (KJV)
This is the first and great commandment . . . this commandment is found in: Deut. 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. (KJV) . . . It is the first and greatest of all; it is first, not in order of time, but of importance. It is greatest in all the following:
#1. In its antiquity; being as old as the world, and engraved originally on our very nature, IF we would admit it.
#2. In distinction; as directly and immediately being chief and referring to God.
#3. In excellence; being the #1 commandment of the new covenant, and the very power of our Divine adoption, into God's family.
#4. In justice and fairness; because it, and it alone renders to God His due, prefers Him above ALL things, and secures His proper position in relation to mankind.
#5. In sufficiency; for it and it alone is capable of making men holy in this life, and happy in the other.
#6. In fruitfulness; because it is the basis, the foundation, the origin, the root and the source, of ALL the other commandments, and the fulfilling of the Law of Moses.
#7. No other commandment is higher in value and effectiveness; because by this alone, God reigns in the heart of man, and man is united to God.
#8. In optimism; for it brings hope to mankind, for eternal life can be expected from Almighty God.
#9. In necessity; for it is absolutely crucial, indispensable, important and vital.
#10. In duration; for it shall always be continued here on Earth, and never to be discontinued in Heaven.
Matthew 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (KJV)
And the second is like unto it . . . Jesus says that there is a second, but not a third, in importance of commandments. This is suggested in opposition to the multitude of commandments in the Law, according to the Jews, who think there are in all 613, of which 365 are negative ones (Thou shalt NOT). Isaiah 33:15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; (KJV) . . . Isaiah reduces the Jews' 613 laws to 6 here, while Habakkuk reduses the 613 to ONE! Habakkuk 2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. (KJV) . . . We are here interested in what Jesus says! Christ reduces all their laws to just two, love God and love your neighbor as yourself.
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. . . Leviticus 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD. (KJV) . . . Where do YOU stand when you apply this to your life? I know I fall short! If you are honest, you will admit that you come short of the glory of God. Our Lord is very specific with this man. He says, "You want to know which is the greatest commandment, and I tell you that to love God is the greatest commandment, and to love your neighbor is the next greatest." The first command sums up what man owes to God; the second is what man owes to his fellow-man. Anyone who loves God supremely will NOT live in disobedience to Him. Anyone who loves his neighbor as himself, will seek to do right to all those around him. Man is a creature cut out for love; thus it is the law written in the heart “the law of love.” Love is a short and sweet word; and if love is the fulfilling of the Law, the yoke (Mat.11:29-30) of the command is very easy. Love is rest and satisfaction of the soul, and IF we walk in love, we shall find rest. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: (Lev.19:18; Mat.5:43; 19:19; 22:39; Mk.12:31; Lk.10:27; Rom.13:9; Gal.5:14; Jam.2:8).
Matthew 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (KJV)
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets . . . in reality, these two commandments summarize the entire Mosaic Law and the Prophets. IF we love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and love our neighbor as ourselves, we will NEVER do any harm to anyone. Jesus’ answer was SO clear and SO accurate that if the Pharisees had been honest, they would have told Him that they had fallen short and that the Law could not save them. At this time the Lord Jesus, their Saviour, was ever so close to the Cross. The logic is clearly this . . . that ALL the commandments that are in the Law and the Prophets are consistent with, and dependent upon these TWO commandments that Jesus gives us here.
These two commandments cover the whole Old Testament! They are OUR Law!
We can love the law of God only if we meditate on what it means. God’s law is not so much “don’t do this” . . . but instead “IF you do this, you shall suffer” and “don’t do this and prosper.” God does not want us to hurt ourselves or others and that is why we must love His law and meditate on it. God loves His own law so much that the biggest chapter in the Bible is dedicated to the law (Psalm 119); so it must be of great importance to God. If it is that important to God (and it is) then it must be for us as well.
Our mouth can speak wisdom only because the meditation of our hearts on His Word gives us understanding. This is not a personal, human wisdom but the wisdom of God Himself, because when our hearts mediate on His Truth, what we say will be wise because it is from the wisdom of God.
Many strong Christians have Bibles that are almost worn out. We should not be discouraged or fearful even when our enemies plot against us. Have you ever laid awake at night, unable to sleep or “turn off” your problems? If this happens to you, try meditation. Turn it all over to the Lord! Open your Bible and read: Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (KJV) . . . Many people quote this verse, but they quote only the first part. The last part is the important part, for it sets aside this marvelous blessing, for God’s children, NOT unbelievers! Only by divine knowledge given to us by God, can we know that ALL things work together for good, to those God has called. God works in “all things” . . . not just some things . . . for our good!
Please understand . . . this does NOT mean that ALL that happens to us is good, for this is not so. Evil dominates our fallen world, BUT, God is well able to turn every circumstance around for our long-range good. Also please realize that God is not working to make us happy, but to fulfill His purpose. And please remember that this Promise is NOT for everyone. It belongs only to those who love God and are called according to His purpose. The “called” are those the Holy Spirit wins over to Christ. These believers have a new outlook and a new mind-set on life. They trust God, not this world’s treasures and pleasures, They look for their security in Heaven, not here on Earth; and they learn to accept pain and persecution because God walks with them through it all, giving comfort and encouragement.
If you truly meditate on this verse, sleep will come!
I believe that there is SO much good that can come from meditating on the Word of God. The shortest verse in the Bible is “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). If you meditate on this brief verse, you shall find out some remarkable facts. You will find out WHY Jesus wept, WHAT He was weeping for, for WHOM He was weeping, and HOW He showed such deep passion in His love. We need to ask who, what, why, where, when and how when we meditate on any verse. The Holy Spirit can and will speak to us through the written Word because He is the Author of the Word (2 Peter 1:21).
It must really grieve the heart of God to know that many will be called but only a few will be chosen. There are millions who have heard of Jesus, but how many are there that trust Him? The path to destruction is broad, slippery slope. The longer a person stays on it, the harder it is to get off! The way of life is narrow and winding, and only a few ever find it. This is sad indeed! For all those who stubbornly refuse to believe God (1 Jn.5:10-13), those who reject Jesus, the ONLY Way to Heaven (Jn.3:15-18, 36; Acts 4:12), will not have a saving faith and eternal like in Heaven. The Bible is full of God’s desire that no one should perish (2 Pe.3:9, 1 Tim.2:4, Eze. 18:23). We all should meditate on what it is that breaks God’s heart. We all should meditate on God’s desire to save those who are headed for the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev.20:11-15).
A CRITICAL JUNCTION
There’s an important junction, most pass by,
A junction the Bible, does specify.
The majority stay on, the broad road,
And shall end up, in the devil’s abode.
At this junction, there is a small, lone path,
And all those who take it, escape God’s wrath.
Just a “few” walk it, God’s Word tells us clear,
But they walk with Jesus, always so near.
Those who walk the broad road, keep on in sin,
They listen to Satan, they cannot win.
They walk with the devil, and not our Lord,
There’s no desire to know, what’s in God’s Word.
Fools these are, who think not of eternity,
They must never consider, Hell’s agony.
Only the wise, believe God’s Word so true,
I wonder, does this small group, include you?
Each person at this junction, will one day stand,
The decision you make, lies in your hand.
There are just two roads, to eternity,
One to Heav’n’s bliss, one to Hell’s misery.
Are you at this critical junction, this day?
Will you go with Christ, or be Satan’s prey?
This most important choice, lies in your hand,
The wide road to Hell, the small one to Heav’n Land!
By: His servant, Connie Kramer July 28, 2015 #1375
Mat.7:13-14; 25:41; Lk.13:24; Jn.10:9; 14:6; Acts 4:12; 14:16; Rom.3:16; 2 pet.2:15; Jude 11.
Rom.6:4; 8:1,4; Eph.4:1; 5:2,15; Col.1:10; 2:6; 2 Cor.5:7; 1 Jn.2:6; 2 Jn.1:6.
Ps.9;17; isa.5:14; 14:9,15; 28:15,18; 57:9; Mat.5:26; 23:33; 25:41,46; Lk.12:59; Rom.2:3; 1 Thes.5:3; 2 Thes.1:8-9; Heb.2:3; 10:27; 12:25,29; 2 Pet.2:3; 3:7,10-12; Rev.20:10,14-15; 21:8.
Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.(KJV)
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV)
Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: (KJV)
Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (KJV)
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