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12/14/2007

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"Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long" (Ps. 119:97).

What a privilege we have of being able to read the Word of God. As we look at this verse from the Psalms, we are reminded that we should not only read the Word but meditate on it.

One definition for the word meditation is "to think in view of doing." According to this definition, how much real meditation do we really do? Do we hurriedly read the Bible as a habit, (a good habit) not thinking of what we are reading? Do we read it as a duty, because we think as a Christian we should? Or do we pause to read it, meditating upon it with the view of appropriating it into our lives?

As we read and meditate on it, we need to assimilate it, digesting it that we may be nourished and grow by it. "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow by it" (1 Peter 2:2). Not only are we to assimilate for growth, but to practice it in our everyday lives. "But be doers of the word, not only hearers" (James 1:22).

David meditated on God's Word because he loved it, and he loved it because he meditated on it. He couldn't get enough of it he meditated "all day long." It is important to be regular in spending time in His Word. We need to keep our minds saturated with it. Paul challenged Timothy with these words, "Meditate on these things, give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress" (I Tim. 4:15). Meditation is not something we can hurriedly do. The Lord Jesus Christ is revealed to us from the pages of the Bible. Our meditation is to lead us from the Word of God to HIM. Such meditation brings us to Him in humility and praise and our hearts will overflow with love.

With the Psalmist we can say, "May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord (Ps.104:34).

Have a wonderful love filled day... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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