Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Thoughts on Psalm 1: Things a Blessed Man Does Regularly (part 5)

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. (v.2)But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” (Psalm 1:1-2)

The Bible is a book that is to be read, understood, studied, and applied. In the course of one’s study of the Bible a useful tool is given to us, namely meditation. The world has its own idea of meditation therefore we need to distinguish Christian meditation from transcendental meditation. In contrast to each other the former fills one’s mind with objective truths (the Bible) and the latter starts with emptying one’s mind. Bible meditation is a useful tool that will aid in applying God’s Word. Meditation in the Bible sense fills one’s mind with God’s Word however it starts with filling one’s heart first. The word meditate carries the idea of muttering. There is a need to mutter, or rehearse God’s Word to one’s self as a significant aspect of meditation. The Bible tells us that this activity takes place “day and night.” This suggests that meditation can and should take place everywhere and anywhere. The point is that whether you are at work or leisure you can rehearse God’s Word in your heart and head, and that meditation is vital to spiritual growth. This can take place throughout the day and even at night. This is not something a person does in order to check off the list, and not return to it. Rather, it is something that constantly remains in one’s heart and mind as an act of obedience and devotion to the Lord. Wouldn’t it be great to say what the Psalmist says in Ps. 119:97 “O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.” It can happen. Christians can enjoy meditating on God’s Word. Someone said: plan your work, and work your plan. It is no wonder why this man is a blessed man.

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