Psalm 77:11-13 “I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?”
“I’m too busy to think.”
I have heard that statement far too often in Christian circles. Throughout the scriptures, our loving Heavenly Father asks us, admonishes us, yea, commands us to meditate on His works and His Words.
The sweet psalmist, David, began as a boy to use this tool of meditation. Some may say that he may have gotten too busy with his duties as king during the time he fell to the temptation with Bathsheba. He disobeyed his schedule when it was time for kings to go to war, he stayed home.
David’s ability to think himself through problems was evident in his writings. Meditation was a big part of that. Meditation was an exercise he practiced, but not during the time of his fall.
We push so hard in both directions. Full-on at work. Full-on at play. Many are traveling so quickly the moment their feet hit the floor, and they leave God behind in a cloud of dust. Then, on the verge of burnout, we pull aside to rest in such a worldly manner it truly isn’t restful.
While in the service, I was stationed in North Carolina for a few years. During my time there, I was introduced to Southern Living. The pace of life is much different than that of a major city. Meals were planned, prepared, and shared. Conversations meandered about family, friends, kids, church, and the latest news. Relationships were easily formed, cherished, and maintained.
While there, my soul felt more at peace. Please understand, I did not get saved until ten years later, but it taught me something about the appreciation of a slower pace of life and enjoying the quiet time; whether together or alone.
Meditation was a learned, accepted behavior encouraged, and practiced.
Genesis 24:63 “And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.”
It was something the Lord commanded of His servants.
Joshua 1:8 “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
It was a recipe for success, that if followed, would yield good fruit.
Ten times, in Psalms alone, the word meditation is mentioned.
The Apostle Paul reminded Timothy to practice what he had already given in his youth.
1 Timothy 4:15 “Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.”
Many have found that it becomes much easier to face the day after you pull away with God and meditate before the start of the day. We love the time to spend with those closest to us – I think our Heavenly Father deserves the same!