I think I was first exposed to this idea of meditating on God’s Word from Bill Gothard at his Institute of Basic Life Principles in 1980 in Portland, OR. It also stood out to me on the day of registration for seminary when I decided not to go back to school and drove to the OR coast. I was so lost and discouraged. I went and sat on a tree that had fallen across a stream and I read these words.
Psa. 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (KJV)
HIS FRUIT. HIS SEASON. These are the words that the Lord spoke to me that day. He assured me that He would bring forth HIS FRUIT in HIS SEASON, if I would delight in and meditate on His Word day and night. He assured me that whatever I did would prosper if I delighted in Him and His Word.
27 years later…this is so true and it is indeed one of the most important practices, habits, disciplines in my life.
1. What is meditation?
Meditation is to DWELL ON anything in thought; to turn or revolve any subject in the mind; serious contemplation.
2. A few simple ideas
§ Pick a time and place and get a good cup of coffee
§ Get a notebook or journal
§ Jot down some thoughts or feelings to get out of your head.
a. Father, I am thinking about___________________§ Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you.
b. Father, I am feeling_________________________
c. Yesterday, _______________________________
§ Pick a small book like Philippians, Colossians, Ephesians, or James
§ Read for depth and not distance.
a. Just read a paragraph or two…re-read it.§ Write down the words or phrases that stand out. Write down thoughts that come to your mind.
§ Look for a big idea and put it in a “Power Phrase”
a. EG. Pay Attention. Keep in Step.§ Write it on a 3x5 card…Day, Date, Reference, Power Phrase and Verse
b. Direction Determines Destination
c. Declare His Greatness. Surrender My Will.
§ Carry it with you and review through out the week.
3. What are the benefits of meditation?
· It renews our minds, changes our thinking, redirects our choices and restores our emotions.
· Psalm 1.1-3 - Whatever you do will prosper.
· Joshua 1:6-9 - You will have GREAT SUCCESS
· Psalm 119:9,11 - You will have new POWER over sin.
· Psalm 119:97-104 - You will EXCEL in wisdom and understanding.
· It increases FAITH…faith comes by hearing.