SHEPHERDS VOICE – July 2024

MEDITATION

Psalms 1:2 “But his delight is in the law of the Lord,

And in His law he meditates day and night.”

Pr. Juxy Mathew

 

Meditation is a blessed practice that should be practiced daily by a Believer.  One cannot meditate on the word of God without His divine presence and revelation.  Psalms 1 is a blessed psalm that contrasts the way of the righteous who meditates on God’s law and instruction with the way of the wicked who do not follow God’s path.

This Psalm begins by introducing a blessed man as one who does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.  Such a blessed and upright man is a ‘gentleman’ but not necessarily a child of God. Luke 18:18 begins with a man asking the Lord what he should do to inherit eternal life.  When Jesus heard that he followed the commandments since his childhood, He revealed the man’s lack and advised him to sell all he has and distribute to the poor for he would have treasures in heaven and then to follow the Lord. The man, saddened because he was very rich, shows that he liked his wealth more than God. This confirms that good works, social respectability, and keeping the commandments are not enough to make one a child of God; such a person is simply a “gentleman.” Our Heavenly Father expects us not just to be respectable but to delight in His law and meditate on it day and night.

 

Jesus emphasizes in this context to accept Him as your personal Savior and transform yourself to practice the will of God. Our lives are not transformed by our own will but as 2Cor5:17 says “if anyone belongs to Christ, he is a new creation and the old life is gone.”  To be a new creation in Christ we must delight in the law of God and meditate on it day and night.  The word of God transforms our heart and the more we are rooted in His word we grow to be like a tree planted by the rivers, prospering in everything we do. When we abide in Jesus and His words in us we will not be discouraged in the midst of our adversities but will flourish and bear fruit in its season (Gal5:22-23).  The health of a plant’s leaves indicate if its roots are well watered.  A child of God should not be depressed when trouble hits but should strengthen oneself with the word of God. Being rooted in God’s word, strengthens you, teaches and leads you to reflect the fruit of His Holy Spirit.  Then everything you do will prosper.

 

John15:7 says “if you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” When you meditate on God’s law day and night, His words remain in you.  Without a delight in knowing or understanding His law, reading the word of God becomes difficult. God blesses us with the eagerness to read and receive His word. Our lives are blessed when we delight in His word because His word is sweeter than honey (Ps119:105).  Therefore, reading the word of God should not be a mechanical routine but should be practiced joyfully in His presence to receive God’s revelation of His word.  Practice meditating on God’s word day and night by reading it with your heart.  Try to recollect the Word you read at least once in three hours and ponder around the details of the Word like trying to understand its significance more deeply, its background and how it could be applied to your own life. This will lead you to listen to God, converse with Him and receive revelation of supportive verses of the Word. God directs our thoughts to listen to Him freeing our mind from our own thoughts and blessing us with His word.  God instructed Joshua “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”  We ought to receive  God’s word happily, taste and see His goodness, which will transform our attitude to do God’s will.

 

The Lord promises in Is45:3 that He will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of the secret places. His word is more valuable than any worldly riches.  Reading the word of God builds a close relationship with God and the desire to read and meditate on His word increases as you realize that He is your heavenly Father speaking to you through His word.  The Bible contains the words God our Father intends to speak and teach us, and if you love Him, you will delight in His law and meditate on it day and night.

 

God wants His blessings to remain with us forever and therefore it is He who makes us desire and practice His word.  We need to be enthusiastic about delighting in reading God’s word and practicing it by obeying it all our lives in order to be prosperous in everything we do.