Winter Is Past Part 4 - I will meditate on Your Word, and it will bring life and prosperity.

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Psalm 1:1-3 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. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 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.

    So, I don’t know about you, but often when I think about meditating, I think of a person sitting cross-legged on the ground, emptying their mind of all thoughts, and becoming one with nature and the universe. Rest assured, this is not what we are talking about. I mean, if you were to tell me that I needed just empty my mind and think about nothing, one of two things would happen: I would fall asleep, or my mind would soon wander to thinking about many different things! 

    Biblical meditation, on the other hand, is not the absence of thought, but the action of thinking! In fact in the Greek, the word "meditation" means “to ponder, to muse.” We aren’t just thinking about something, we are only thinking of that something.

    Now again, if you are anything like me, trying to think about one thing is a recipe for mind-wandering and day-dreaming. But check this out: another way that "meditate" is translated in the Greek is “to imagine.” Look at that! Day-dreaming is exactly what I should be doing! I should just be day-dreaming about the Word of the Lord and it’s effects in my life! 

    Ok, what on earth am I talking about here? Let’s look at it this way. I am a dancer. I lead a worship dance team at church, and we dance during the praise and worship service every Sunday morning. When I am dancing for the Lord, I am thinking (almost) exclusively about Him and the words that I am singing to Him. I take it a step further in my choreography. The patterns that I put together have scripture verses and meanings behind each one. I have pondered a verse, and imagined a physical expression of that verse, until I have a choreographed pattern that is the representation of that verse for me. When I repeat the choreography, that verse resonates in my soul and spirit each time! It’s a beautiful thing!

    Perhaps there is a way that you like to express yourself to the Lord. Maybe you like to paint or sculpt. Or perhaps you are singer or a musician. Or maybe you aren’t very artistic, but you enjoy journaling word puzzles. Whatever your passion is, the Lord put that inside of you, and He wants you to use it! So, here is an exercise for you, picking up where we left off in our last study. Choose a verse that applies to your situation. In Part 2 we chose II Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind.” We personalized and confessed it, declaring that we ourselves have this power, love, and sound mind to replace the fear. Now begin to meditate on this. What does that mean to you? Imagine that this power, love, and sound mind are yours. And if you are a painter, maybe paint a picture of the spirit of fear leaving, and being replaced with a sound mind. If you someone who journals, write about a time you were afraid and how power and love pushed out the fear. If you enjoy music, begin to sing the words and make a melody out the verse. If you like to hike, recite the verse as you climb. Whatever you enjoy, incorporate the verse into your daily life! This is meditation!

    Perhaps there is a way that you like to express yourself to the Lord. Maybe you like to paint or sculpt. Or perhaps you are singer or a musician. Or maybe you aren’t very artistic, but you enjoy journaling word puzzles. Whatever your passion is, the Lord put that inside of you, and He wants you to use it! So, here is an exercise for you, picking up where we left off in our last study. Choose a verse that applies to your situation. In Part 2 we chose II Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind.” We personalized and confessed it, declaring that we ourselves have this power, love, and sound mind to replace the fear. Now begin to meditate on this. What does that mean to you? Imagine that this power, love, and sound mind are yours. And if you are a painter, maybe paint a picture of the spirit of fear leaving, and being replaced with a sound mind. If you someone who journals, write about a time you were afraid and how power and love pushed out the fear. If you enjoy music, begin to sing the words and make a melody out the verse. If you like to hike, recite the verse as you climb. Whatever you enjoy, incorporate the verse into your daily life! This is meditation!

Prayer
Lord, I praise you for Your Word! I delight in Your Word! And I will meditate on Your Word, because you will keep me planted by rivers of water, growing and prospering. I declare in faith that “I will meditate on Your Word, and it will bring life and prosperity.”