“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.” (Psalm 1:2)
When you think of the word “meditation,” what comes to mind? Is it somebody, sitting cross-legged, in a robe of some kind, humming quietly to himself? Is it perhaps sitting quietly in a garden, breathing peacefully and trying to clear your mind of the clutter that keeps us anxious all the time? Maybe it’s yoga, as a part of healthy living.
Meditation means “to think deeply and continuously about something.” For a Christian, henry Blackaby observes, “. . . this means remaining in the presence of God and pondering each truth He reveals about Himself until it becomes real and personal in your life.”
This takes time. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus accused several would-be followers of calling Him “Lord,” and yet never doing what He told them (Luke 6:46). They had the right idea – the right truth – in their heads, but the head knowledge they possessed never translated into obedience.
When you meditate on Scripture, the truth of what God has to tell you travels from your head to your heart, and the result is obedience. The Psalmist confesses in Psalm 119:11, “Your word have I hidden in my heart, that I may not sin against You.”
When you know God’s Word in your mind, but not in your heart, you have learned the principles and concepts and doctrines of God, but you don’t know Him personally. You can have Scripture in your mind and still sin against God. To know about someone is one thing; to really know Him – well, that’s an entirely different relationship.
You can know Scripture and still sin. However, you can’t have Scripture fill your heart – really fill your heart – and continue to sin against God. When the truth of God touches the deepest corner of your soul, the Holy Spirit will change you into the image of Jesus Christ. So, let’s be challenged to not just read our Bibles, but to really meditate on the Word of God. Ask Him to change your heart – He will!