Hey guys. *awkward wave*
I’m not gonna lie: these verses, and studying these verses have wrecked my life, y’all. The secret to succeeding at everything is far simpler than you might imagine.
Psalms 1:1-3 –
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but His delight is in the Law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates on it day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”
I briefly broke down the first verse in my last post, and today I want to do the same with the last two. My goal is to hit two things —
1.) Meditation: what is it, & why it’s important. 2.) Practicality: how we can meditate on the Word of God in our day to day life.
It always irks me when I read something, but the author doesn’t give practical applications, or make it more than a mere idea that sounds cool. I want to not only share the why, but the how. Not because I’ve mastered this (Ha! Not even close). Consider this a chat over coffee. We get our warm mugs and sit down at a cozy booth over in the corner, away from all the noise. I ask how your week has been going, you say good. We chat about how good our drinks are, probably a vanilla chai latte for me, and a _________ for you. Then you say, “So, Jordan, what’s God been working on in your life?”
This post would be my answer.
What in the world is meditation, anyway?
Picture this: Jackie Chan (I’m not sure why he comes to mind, but roll with it) sitting on the ground, fingers doing those weird circle things we all did as kids (hopefully that was descriptive enough), and doing that weird humming sound. Mmmmmm. Okay, that written out looks like I just saw a burger, but hopefully you’re following.
Now, take that image, and throw it away. That has absolutely nothing to do with what I’m talking about. I’m not talking about the meditation you do in yoga, or anything like that. I’m talking about your thoughts. Meditating on the Word of God, simply put, is to think on it over and over and over and…. you get the gist.
Why should we meditate?
What you think about, including those tiny secret thoughts, is what you will become.
Think I’m wrong? Allow me to explain.
Your influences become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your belief system (what you believe about yourself, your circumstances, and God Himself. Have you ever wondered WHY you believe what you do?) Your belief system shapes your values (if you believe that all life is created by God for a plan and purpose, you will value life, and so on.) Your values become your desires. Your desires shape your choices, and ultimately, your choices become your destiny. The choices we make today dictate our tomorrow.
I know that’s kind of a lot, but I hope that makes sense. This is such a huge area of the Christian life that I don’t think gets spoken about enough. We have to constantly be on guard, take every thought captive, and purposefully choose to saturate our minds with truth.
Romans 12:2 (ESV) –
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
This verse has changed my life. We are not only given a command (Do not be conformed to this world), but we are also given a practical way to carry out this command (but be transformed by the renewing of your mind). This is done through reading and meditating (thinking about) scripture.
If you’re still reading, I’m sure I can already guess your next question: but how? I’m glad you asked, Friend. I’m nowhere near where I want to be in my consistency, but let’s learn together. Remember in my last post how I explained that we have two key access points? What we see, and what we hear. Instead of just being on the defensive with guarding these two things, we need to also be on the offensive and flood truth in as well.
1.) Eyes: What we see
Deuteronomy 11 is such a beautiful passage, but I’m just going to hit you with the “main point”. I encourage you to go read it for yourself.
Deut. 11:18-21 –
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.
I know it’s probably not very practical to write scripture all over the doors of your house, but there are a few things that we can do:
— Write out the verse you want to be meditating on, and stick it right by the sink to look at while you do the dishes, or in the laundry room while you’re folding clothes, and you get the idea.
— If you get one of those plastic sleeve things (so descriptive, I know. You know those plastic organizers you stick in a binder…oh, I’ll just insert a photo.)
(Can we just take a moment of silence to appreciate how long it took me to find these? It’s hard to find an image when you don’t know how to search for it. They’re called sheet protectors, btw. Face palm.)
These sheet protectors *ahem* stick to the wall when they get wet, which is absolutely brilliant. Print out (or write) the verse(s) you want to memorize and be meditating on, put it in one of these bad boys, and it will stick to the wall in your shower.
— Write it on the mirrors in your bathroom.
Get creative. Where can you write scripture down to where it’ll be constantly before your eyes, and in turn, in your thoughts?
2.) Ears: What we hear
Have you ever been chilling in the car or in a store or something, and then a song comes on that you haven’t heard in years, yet you still remember every.single.word? Yeah, I don’t know how it works either.
That tells me that what we listen to must be pretty important. How careful am I with what I put in my ears? How about you?
One of my favorite ways to overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21) in regards to what I listen to is to play worship music. I’ve had the Psalms album by Shane and Shane on repeat these days. It’s essentially just the Psalms set to music. It’s pretty grand, and you should look it up, too.
Get a little speaker or something, if you don’t already own one, and have worship music or an audio Bible on often. Make it become such an ingrained part of who you are that your kids grow up remembering it. How cool would that be? That’s kind of a goal of mine, for you know, when I have kids. Find your goal. Execute it.
It doesn’t have to be difficult. Choose a verse, and think on it often throughout the week. Next week, choose a different one, and keep going until it’s a habit. Your mind can not be consumed with the Word of God and you not be changed by Him. When He changes you, your thoughts + dreams + choices + desires begin to align with His. He gives you the desires of your heart because the desires of your heart become His. Living out the will of God, seeking the face of God, all while holding the hand of God is how you prosper, my friends.
Thank you for taking the time to read this! If you have any input, thoughts, things to add, or just anything at all — I’d love to hear from you!