Posted by: Rina | November 6, 2009

Meditation in the Word

“And in His Law, he meditates day and night.” (Psalm 1:2)

A key to growing in our identity is the amount of time we spend studying, reading, and thinking about scripture.  Growth in identity means that we will become more like Christ.  Jesus says this about scripture, “These (scripture) are they which testify of me.” (John 5:39 parenthetical note mine for clarity)  The word for “scripture” in the Greek of the New Testament is the word “graphe.”   It is the word from which we get biography or autobiography.  In essence, Jesus is telling us that the scriptures are God’s autobiography for us to read.  A book written about Himself, what He is like, and how humans can relate to Him.  It was written by humans under the inspiration of the Spirit, for humans.  After His resurrection, the bibles says that Jesus, And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.” (Luke 24:45)  Here again, a kingdom principle is identified.  Jesus felt it important for the early apostles to understand who He was through the scriptures, thus, he supernaturally empowered them to understand it.  The same happens for us today.  When we understand who He is, we understand who we are.  Thus, we grow in our identity as we study the Word and the Holy Spirit teaches us about God and ourselves.

The Bible has been called the “Living Word.”  The basic meaning behind this is that what is written unscriptural can be experienced and what happens in our lives, we can often find in scripture.  For example, on the day that I got saved, I had a dramatic encounter with Jesus.  I saw a figure in my living room wearing a white robe down to His feet, his hair was white, had had eyes of fire, he had a golden sash across his chest, and he was wearing, what looked to me like, bronze boots.  He spoke to me and said, “Jonathan, if you don’t stop drinking, you will lose everything.”  I had no idea who was that figure.  However, about three weeks later,  I was saved and reading the book of Revelation when I read this, “Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me,  and having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lamp stands one like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.  His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters…” (Revelation 1:12-15)  This was John description of the vision of the resurrected Jesus that He was while on the island of Patmos.  It was the same thing that I experienced 2000 years later.  After reading this, I knew that the Bible was more than just an ancient history book with good moral values.  It was alive!  What I read in it, I could experience in life.  Conversely, what I experience in life, I can find in scripture.  Itis unlike any other book ever written.

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.” (Psalm 1:1-2 emphasis mine).

Scripture commands us to meditate on His Word.  The Hebrew word here for meditates is hagah.  “In Hebrew thought, to meditate upon the Scriptures is to quietly repeat them in a soft, droning sound, while utterly abandoning outside distractions.” (1).  Basically, we are commanded to not meditate on ourselves but to quietly speak the Word of God over ourselves. This is the exact premise outlined in the section on solving our identity crisis.  The simple repetition of scripture, will get these concepts into our hearts.   Once it is believed in our hearts, it becomes our identity.  “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.“ (Proverbs 23:7) Charles Capps describes it this way. “There is a creative power within you.  Learn to use it wisely…Words conceived in your heart will be formed by your tongue, and by speaking them out of your mouth you will either release the ability of satan or the ability of God within you.” (2).  Whatever occupies the majority of our thinking is what we are going to become.  When we meditate on the Word and speak it over ourselves, our Christian identity grows.  For example, I first began to pray for the sick after I meditated on the scripture, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, He will do also, and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father.” (John 14:12)  As I pondered this scripture, I began to have faith for the miraculous and began to pray for people.  Some were completely healed and others showed improvement.  This would have never become a part of my life if I had not meditated over the scriptures and had the revelation of my identity in Christ.  A recent writer says it this way, “Meditation and revelation are interconnected-mediation brings revelation and revelation brings the manifestation of what has been revealed.  When we first see or hear the Word, it’s not fully revealed.  However, when we meditate on it and when we pray it, revelation comes and begins working to bring the manifestation.  Often we don’t have manifestation of what we know because we haven’t meditated until we received that blazing revelation inside our spirit that release the manifestation of the promise.” (3)
Ezekiel has an interesting encounter with God.  “Moreover, He said to me, ‘Son of man, eat what you find, eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.’  So I opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat that scroll.  And He said to me, ‘Son of man, feed your belly, and fill you stomach with this scroll that I give you.’  So I ate, and it was in my mouth like honey in sweetness.” (Ezekiel 3:1-3).  God commanded and caused Ezekiel to “eat the scroll.”  When we eat something, it goes into our belly, and we begin to break it down, then it becomes a part of who we are.  God intended that Ezekiel would eat the prophetic words of ministry and they would become who he was; thus, making him a prophet.  The very next verse confirms this when God commissions him to go to Israel and prophecy. (Ezekiel 3:4)  Hence, the more scripture that gets into us the more growth we have in our identity.

A final note about studying scripture.  The purpose behind the study of scripture is to lead us into a greater intimacy and experience with God.  The Bible points us to theLiving God but it is not God.  The study for scripture without leading to divine experience is academic at best.  AS we study scripture, we should always keep in mind that what we learn should lead us into encounters with God.

Endnotes

1.  Hayford, Jack, The Spirit filled Life Bible,  Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville TN, 1991, page,  753.

2.  Capps, Charles, The Tongue:  A Creative Force, Harrison House, Tulsa OK 1976,  page 62.

3.  Bentley, Todd; The Reality of the Supernatural; Destiny Image Publishers, Shippensburg, PA; 2008, page 334.

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