We’re continuing our Women Living Well series this week on the topic of your walk with the King.
“His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:2
I love how we are focusing this week on our walk with the King, and Courtney has done such a good job showing us the importance and value of making God’s word a priority in our lives.
I’d like to focus on meditation. It’s a critically important aspect of Bible intake that is too often neglected and ignored.
Much of our spiritual coldness is not because we aren’t “doing” but because we aren’t “dwelling.” It’s one thing to quickly read a verse or two and then run out the door never to think about it again. But in Col. 3 Paul tells the church to “set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”
Setting our mind on the things that are above is Meditation. Meditation is not an emptying of one’s mind, like some religions teach, but a filling of our minds with the truths of God’s word. It is to mull over the things we have read or the preaching we have heard. Meditation is basically preaching to yourself–reminding yourself of the things you are learning or have already learned.
As you read, pause frequently to meditate on the meaning of what you are reading. Absorb the Word into your system by dwelling on it, pondering it, going over it again and again in your mind, considering it from many different angles, until it becomes part of you.
-Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Reading and studying scripture can sometimes devolve into a mere work of the mind, but mediation is a work of the heart. It is taking what we have read and mulling it over and over until it takes root in our heart. Only then will it bring change.