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Chew On This

Chew On This
Learning How To Meditate Upon God's Word

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. Psalms 1:1-3 (NKJV)

In Psalm 1:1-3 we are given great wisdom of how we should choose to live our lives with respect to who we hang out with and to whom we glean our counsel from.  We are told if we find delight in God's commands and if we meditate upon it day and night we will be blessed tremendously in whatever we do.  Wow!  Now this is a pretty cool promise.   

Q:    So, what does it mean to meditate upon God's Word?

If you read my daily writings with any frequency you have undoubtedly noticed how I will encourage the reader to meditate upon the scriptures discussed within the writing.  Now when I encourage one to meditate, I am not referring to sitting in the back yard next to a water feature, while crossing your legs and touching your forefinger and thumbs together with eyes closed.  

The Hebrew word translated meditate in these verses is speaking of what cows do while they graze upon the grass in the field.  A cow has 4 digestive compartments.  The first compartment is the rumen, which holds up to 50 gallons of partially digested food. The cow eats its grass or hay whole and its here in this first compartment where it gets partially digested, only to be regurgitated to be chewed upon some more.  This partially digested grass is called cud.

The cow now chews on this cud over and over and then swallows it once again.  At this point it is then processed as all of the nutrients have been gleaned are now broken down and absorbed into its body to strengthen it.

And so it is with our studying God's Word—we are to prayerfully read it, and then we are to meditate upon it.   When we meditate upon God's Word we are chewing on it over and over within our mind.  We are pondering what the Lord wants to teach us and we are gleaning its nutrients, while seeking the Lord as to how it applies to our life.

The result is we will be blessed, or happy…evoking joy and gratitude because we are living in fellowship with God.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to Psalm 1:1-3 what can we learn about the benefits of meditating upon God's Word?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you making time each day to meditate upon the Word of God?

APPLICATION: Let's choose to make time to read God's Word each day and to meditate upon what we are reading—gleaning God's wisdom and deriving His will for our life.

Let's Pray…

Father, thank You for Your Word to guide us and to feed us.  Thank You for Your promises of blessings as we meditate upon Your Word.  Help us to glean every nutrient possible as we read and ponder Your Scriptures today.  In Jesus' precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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