This Month's Promise

“See, the Lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it.”

- (Deuteronomy 1:21)

Read: Psalm 119: 97-104


"I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.” (Psalm 119:15)

Meditation is a lost art among Christians nowadays. To some, the word itself has assumed a negative conotation. Many Christians are afraid to use the term meditation. They think of it as a dangerous Eastern practice. In Eastern culture meditation is to search inwards for enlightenment, and to lose one’s ego and personal identity. But Christian meditation is of a different order altogether. Jim Packer writes, “Meditation is the activity of calling to mind and thinking over and dwelling upon, and applying to oneself the various things that one knows about the works and ways and purpose and promises of God.”

So meditation is reading the Word of God and then recalling to mind what we have read and applying it to our everyday situations. Unlike the reading of Scripture, meditation can be practiced anywhere. It cannot be restricted to a particular place or time. A walk to the local shops, gardening, housework, cleaning the car and all manner of activities that do not require serious thought can be used for meditation. By memorizing verses and passages of Scripture, we can recall them to mind whenever opportunity occurs. Take for instance, a busy housewife. She may not find ample time to sit at the Lord’s feet. But she can use her time wisely. She can stick Scripture verses in the kitchen walls and meditate upon them while she cooks. It may not give beauty to her kitchen walls, but it will enable her to use every spare moment in prayer and reflection on the Word of God.

So dear friends, let us spend sometime meditating the Word of God, the works of God and consider all His mighty deeds. (Psalm 77:12) This will surely lift up our spirit. As a cow chews the cud, let our minds keep meditating the Word of God, which is the essential nutrient for our spiritual growth.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for the Bible. Let me read it and meditate it whenever I get an opportunity. Let your promises encourage me when I am downcast, let your Word correct me and show me the path I should go. Help me to experience the power of meditation. Amen.