The book of Proverbs tells – “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” We become what we think. If that is so, then it is vitally important that we think about the right kind of things. Consider this important principle as we look at a portion of Psalm 1 –
Psalm 1:1 How happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path of sinners, or join a group of mockers! 2 Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted beside streams of water that bears its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
To meditate means to think deep within ourselves. It is considering something in a purposeful way. It is taking a principle apart and examining it from every angle so that we might gain a more thorough understanding. David says that the man who is happy is the one who does this with God’s Word. He is constantly considering some important biblical truth. As he does so, he not only gains a deeper understanding, he is also able to assimilate this truth into his everyday living. Rather than acting carelessly or foolishly, he acts with wisdom because he understands God’s truth.
As we begin a new week, I would like to encourage you to put into the practice the principle of biblical meditation.
1. Choose a portion of scripture to meditate upon this week. Here are some suggested passages:
- Living in the Love of Christ John 15:9-17
- Overcoming Worry and Fear Philippians 4:4-9
- The Promise of Christ’s Coming 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
- Developing a Christ-filled Home Deuteronomy 6:4-9
2. Write your portion of scripture out on an index card so that you might carry it with you wherever you go.
3. Read it several times throughout the day and pray for the wisdom to understand all that God is trying to say.
4. As the Spirit speaks to you, pray in response. Admit your failures and ask for His strength and power.
5. Get ready to be blessed.