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08/04/2008

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From The Word..... To Him

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

My message yesterday morning was about the our Bible. It was entitled "Why We Need the Bible." How many Bibles do you have in you home? I would be hard-pressed to count. How many different translations? A King James? NIV? NAS? Phillips? LB? Amplified? So many to choose from. In today's verse, we are reminded not only to read the Bible, but to meditate on it.

What does meditate actually mean. One definition is, "to engage in deep serious thought; think quietly; reflect." Another is, "to think about; consider; plan; intend." According to the first definition, how much do we meditate on the Word? How about the second? This definition implies that in our meditation, we have plans or intentions. Is it our habit to pick it up and read for a while because this is what we are told Christians are supposed to do as our duty? Or do we read it, meditating upon it with the idea that we are going to appropriate it into our lives?

Reading out Bibles ought to be like eating our absolute favorite food. It is so good that we want it to last as long as possible. We chew it slowly to savor its flavor. Reading our Bibles should also be like eating a food that we know is good for us. We eat it with the knowledge that is nutritious...That as our bodies take it in, it will be digested and "do the body good."

We are to take in the Word and use its nutritious quality to practice it in our daily lives. James says, "Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only."(1:21) King David loved it because he meditated on it and meditated on it because he loved it!

ALL DAY! If we can get in the good habit of both reading and meditating, what a blessing it will be to us and others. It is not something to be done in a hurry. Our Lord Jesus Christ is revealed to us from the pages of the Word. Our meditation is to lead us from the Word to Him.

Such meditation on Him should fill us with humility and cause our hearts to overflow with love. Let the words of Psalm 104:34 be on our lips today as we go about our business. "My meditation of him will be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord."

Have a great week....Let you light shine for Him Love mark Phil. 4:11

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