Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. (Psalm 1:1-2)
Arthur Helps reminds us to, "Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will. Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of your spiritual environment." How 'chilly' is your spiritual environment right now? Have you surrendered to that chill, my friend? Where there is no delight in the Word of God, a chill is sure to come.
How on earth do we cultivate this 'meditating day and night' thing in our lives? If we want a constantly 'hot' relationship with Jesus, we will do well to understand this instruction. Too many times we think of meditating upon something as sitting legs crossed, eyes closed, and environment totally still around us. In truth, the Hebrew word for meditate is quite different from what we might imagine.
Hagad is the Hebrew term used for 'meditate' and carries the idea of active thinking which actually demands some form of expression. When God instructs us to meditate day and night upon his Word, he is telling us to 'give it expression' in our lives. In other words, we live out his Word. It is more than heart-warming concepts on a page - it is life-transforming truth that sets a soul free to express itself.
When we 'take in' the Word of God, it is important that we allow it to bring forth an expression from within us. I have been reading along and then just heard myself say, "Hmmmm....", right out loud. Why? Something within those words caught my attention and touched my spirit - in turn, my soul cried out. When God's Word begins to delight you like that, you are learning to meditate upon it. It brings forth expression - right then, and then in the actions that come later on. Just sayin!
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