“The reason we come away so cold from reading the Word is because we do not warm ourselves at the fire of meditation.” Thomas Watson
“Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11
“I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.” Psalm 119:15
Reflect…Meditate…Chew on it. We call it many different things. “Meditation is defined” by Don Whitney as “deep thinking on the truths and spiritual realities revealed in Scripture for the purposes of understanding, application, and prayer.” (Spiritual Disciplines, 48)
Colossians 3:16 tells us to “have the word of Christ dwell in you richly”. When we meditate, we read God’s word, filling our minds with it, and pondering its meaning,. We can seek godly wisdom on how to apply the Word in our own personal lives when we take time to reflect on it. I know I definitely need that, how about you?
It is so easy to read the Word, and shut the Bible without taking away anything from it. Or, if there was something to take away, within an hour or two or sometimes less, I can’t even remember what it was because I did not take it to heart. The Lord wants us to take His word to heart, He wants it to have an impact on our lives.
Luke 2:19 says, “But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.” I want to be like that, truly treasuring the words and promises of our Lord. I want to take time to ponder its truths, repeat it to myself, and purposefully seek ways to make application. It doesn’t come naturally. I need to be intentional about it if it is to happen at all.
When I make a point of doing this, I have found that the portion I have taken to heart is a plumbline for my actions, reactions, and responses. This plumbline is a determining factor of whether I am following in a path of righteousness, or slinking down sin alley.
I have found the book The Soul at Rest by Tricia McCary Rhodes very helpful in growing in a more intimate relationship with the Lord. I would highly recommend it to all desiring to find ways to grow in their spiritual lives as Christians.
I pray that you will be encouraged to take time to reflect on the verses or chapters you read in the Bible and really take it to heart. Romans 12:2 tells us to be transfromed by the renewing of our minds. God’s Word renews our minds so that we might prove God’s perfect will. Let’s make it real in our lives.
Connection: Do you warm yourself at the fire of meditation, reflecting on what the Word speaks to your heart? What will you do to become more intentional about this?