I am posting something from an article on another site because I think it is well worth reading. In fact, I strongly encourage you to go visit this site and read the article, “How to Meditate on God’s Word“, as well as the other information at www.memoryverses.org because the practices of Scripture memorization and meditation are so absolutely crucial to the Christian walk. Memorizing and meditating on God’s holy word gives us the strength and endurance we need to run the race.
Here’s the introductory portion of “How to Meditate on God’s Word“:
How to Meditate on Scripture
My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises. (Ps 119:148)
Perhaps one of the most neglected disciplines in the Christian life these days is that of Meditation. I believe that very few Christians have been taught how important it is to pay close attention to what they think about.
Consider the following:
Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
We have all heard the expression, “you are what you eat”, but is also true to say “you are (and are becoming) what you think.” Here is a challenge for you. Over the next few weeks take special note about what things you spend your time thinking about. Consider the following questions.
- Are you critical of others?
- Do you mope because you do not receive the praise you feel you deserve?
- How much time do you spend worrying about this or that?
- How much time do you spend grumbling or complaining or feeling sorry for your self?
- How much time do you spend thinking about the TV shows you watched last night?
- How much time do you re-live the bad things people do to you?
- Do you list out all your misfortunes?
- Do you allow yourself to be angry for long periods of time?
- Do you think about bad things happening to the people you are angry with?
- Do you think about bad things happening to yourself?
- Do you rejoice in the misfortunes of others?
- Do you dwell on lustful and impure thoughts?
- Do you glory in the important position you hold in church?
- Do you review reasons why you are better than others or better suited than others?
- Do you list reasons why others you know are deficient in some way as compared to yourself?
Did you know that you are what you are right now – not what you would like to be, nor what you ought to be, nor are you what you used to be. You are what you are today. Today, the ‘real you’ is shown by what you do and by what you think about in your heart – what you meditate on. Further, the things that you allow your heart to dwell on today is building what you will be for tomorrow and the tomorrow after that.
Let’s look at some verses which illustrate that you act out of and can be judged by the state of your heart.
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. (Lu 6:45)
But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man `unclean’. (Mt 15:18)
“What comes out of a man is what makes him `unclean’. For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man `unclean’.” (MA 7:20-23)
As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man. (Pr 27:19)
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. (Pr 4:23)
Your ‘inner life’ is an accurate representation of the real you. No matter what service you perform for God, or what you appear to be to others, the important thing is the purity of your inner self. Consider the words of Christ as he speaks to the Pharisees and the teachers of the law.
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. (Matthew 23:25-28)
The Pharisees were an obvious case of hypocrisy. But not so obvious that they noticed. They spent all of their time making sure that they obeyed the letter of the law perfectly. From the outside, it appeared that they were keeping God’s law perfectly and were therefore righteous men. In spite of all their work, they are all dismissed as being filled with greed, self-indulgence, hypocrisy and wickedness. What a shock this accusation must have been to them.
You see, our God is not impressed with what we appear to be. We are all very good at ‘playing Church’. No, God is most interested in what we are like on the inside. He wishes to change us from the inside out. His goal is to make us clean on the inside so that we would naturally be clean on the outside. If you are clean in your heart, then you will automatically be clean on the outside. Paul talks about the importance of having a loving heart.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
Paul says that I can have great gifts, give everything I have away to the needy, and even give up my life for Christ, but if I do not have love, it counts for nothing at all.
But what does all this have to do with meditation?
Please go and read the rest of this at www.memoryverses.org!