Today’s Scripture: Psalm 19:14, Psalm 119:11, Matthew 15:18
The very last verse of Psalm 19 contains a proactive solution to the progression of sin. It’s all about meditating on scripture. God’s Word creates a boundary of wisdom principles that keeps us from committing sin. “I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
Jesus cautioned in Matthew 15:18 that the condition of the heart is revealed through words that are spoken. The best route to a healthy heart is meditation on the Word of God.
Meditation is the act of diligent contemplation or reflection. While mere memorization is a disciplined exercise of the mind, meditation goes further by creating a channel for scripture to flow from the mind into the heart.
So, how do we meditate? Here are three easy steps:
- Begin each morning by prayerfully reading a selected portion of scripture. Be sure to allow ample time to read and learn. If a certain verse or segment stands out to you, take note because this is a sign that God wants to reveal a personal insight.
- Paraphrase that selected portion in your own words; then personalize it by inserting your name where it fits. Close your eyes and let the meaning of the scripture sink deep into your heart, asking the Lord to show you a deeper meaning of the passage.
- The word meditation in Psalm 19:14 means “resounding music.” It becomes the song that won’t leave your head. Only it’s not annoying. It’s soothing, healing, and cleansing. Spend a day with a scripture swirling through your brain, and sin won’t have a chance.
- When will you begin to regularly meditate on God’s Word? What scripture will you start with?
- How has God’s Word positively affected your life in the past? How can you keep that momentum?