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Chew On This!

Pr 4:20-22; Psalm 1:2, 119:15, 27, 97, 143:5; Various

Chew on this!

Pr 4:20-22; Psalm 1:2, 119:15, 27, 97, 143:5; Various

Good evening and welcome to BCCC and our nightly devotional study.

As a part of my Bible reading this week I came across a gem in Proverbs 4:20-22. It says, “My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. Let it penetrate deep into your heart.

I like the expression, “Chew on this.” It means to think about it. Really let it sink in. The expression actually comes from the word meditate. The word “amar” in the Hebrew language can be interpreted as utter, ask, call, respond, suppose, think, mutter, and many other things. Why is it interpreted so broadly? Because it is a word that requires us to mull it around in our mind. All of these things happen when we meditate on God’s word.

It’s like the first time I was given a cup of vanilla milk when I was a child. My father called it a slow-poke. It was milk with vanilla, sugar, and food colorings. I would take a sip of it and roll it around over my tongue. It had so many wonderful flavors and an interesting mouth feel. I drank it so slowly… no wonder Dad called it a slow-poke.

Meditating and God’s word is like that slow-poke. We want to mull it over in our minds and get ever nuisance of the word. We might ask questions. We might mutter it over and over again. We might respond to God’s word. We might call on God to help us understand. But we take our time and swish it around in our brain.

If you are still having trouble with the concept of meditating on God’s word don’t worry. It might feel different to start out with. Here are 5 wonderful reasons to meditate according to the Bible.

1. MEDITATE TO FOCUS ON GOD - “I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways” (Ps 119:15). Distractions are the biggest obstacle to meditation. No matter when you choose to read or study God’s word Satan will through distractions at you to get your attention off God. Fix your eyes on God and don’t let anything distract you. Turn off the phone, tv, radio, etc. and turn on God’s word.

2. MEDITATE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE READING - “Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works” (Ps 119:27). Start your meditation time out by praying for God to give you understanding. Seek out help from Bible tools like a good Bible dictionary or commentary. Many tools are available on line for free. Don’t forget that your preacher or a church leader would love to assist you if you ask them for help. Find out why is this passage important? What do I need to know? What does it say about God? What does it say about me? How does this reading point to Jesus? Meditation can help you find answers as you mull it over and chew on God’s word.

3. MEDITATE TO REMEMBER - “I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands” (Ps 143:5). Meditation is a great time to remember the whole story of salvation in the Bible. From beginning to end the Bible is the story of God wanting to have a personal relationship with you. The Bible is the story of Jesus Christ from cover to cover, In meditating, we remember all God has done in his great redemption story accomplished through the gospel of grace in Jesus Christ.

4. MEDITATE TO WORSHIP - “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night (Ps 1:2). As you meditate your find your heart inclined to worship God. We praise and thank him for His word revealed to you. We praise him for salvation and for abundant and eternal life in Jesus. Our meditation leads to delight when we see and savor how glorious God is.

5. MEDITATE TO APPLY HIS WORD - “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long” (Ps 119:97).

We are able to understand how to apply the Bible to our lives when we slow down to meditate. Application means asking yourself what you must do now. Is there something in my life I need to do or change in order to bring honor and glory to God.

I hope that you will chew on God’s word. Let it penetrate deep into your heart. Let his wisdom help you in your daily walk with Jesus.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Lord, Thank you for your precious, Holy word and for all the wonderful things that you do for us. Thank you for salvation in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Help me to meditate, to chew on your word. Help me to let it penetrate every part of my life. Help me to apply your word to my life so that I may bring you glory and honor. In Jesus name we pray, Amen!

We are challenging everyone to learn 4 new verses by the end of June. I hope you will join us for this challenge. All of these verses on meditation will be good ones to memorize. Let us know how you are doing. I hope you will join us tomorrow night at 6pm for our Bible devotional. Good night and God bless you.

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