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Chewing On The Word
3/31/2015

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Phil. 4:8

In Philippians 4:8 we are given great wisdom of what we should choose to allow our minds to think upon.  The category given to us is based upon what God wants us to think, and actually meditate upon.

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

Let me start by just saying this — 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 and just sort of emptying your mind and repeating a mantra or prayer over and over. 

The word meditate used in this verse is from the Greek word, “Logizomai,” and it means to ponder or ruminateIt is to think carefully and deeply about something — to “chew over” something, such as what a cow does while they graze upon the grass in the field. 

Interestingly enough, a cow has four digestive compartments.  The first compartment is called the rumen, and it holds up to 50 gallons of partially digested food. The cow will eat its grass or hay whole, and it’s here in this first compartment where it gets partially digested, only to be regurgitated and then 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 that 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 (ruminate) 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 that we will be blessed and happy, and we will be 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?

PRACTICAL 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 MAKE THIS OUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for Your Word to guide and feed me.  Thank You for Your promises of blessings as I meditate upon Your Word.  Help me to glean every nutrient possible as I read and ponder Your Scriptures today.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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