Ps 19:14 – Let the sayings of my mouth, And the meditation of my heart, Be for a pleasing thing before Thee, O Jehovah, my rock, and my redeemer! (YLT)
Why should we care if the Lord God takes pleasure in our words and thoughts?
Prov 4:20-23 – Dear friend, listen well to my words; tune your ears to my voice. Keep my message in plain view at all times. Concentrate! Learn it by heart! Those who discover these words live, really live; body and soul, they’re bursting with health. Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. (MSG)
Meditation on God’s word is one path to ensuring that the sayings of our mouth and the meditation of our heart is pleasing to him, and to us. Those who discover his words live, body and soul!
The benefit is ours!
Luke 6:47-49 – These words I speak to you are not mere additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundation words, words to build a life on. “If you work the words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock. When the river burst its banks and crashed against the house, nothing could shake it; it was built to last. But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a dumb carpenter who built a house but skipped the foundation. When the swollen river came crashing in, it collapsed like a house of cards. It was a total loss.” (MSG)
Work the words of God into your life.
Meditating on God’s word is one path to working God’s words into our life, to build a life that lasts.
What is meditation on God’s word?
Webster’s New World Dictionary describes meditation as deep, continued thought; solemn reflection on sacred matters as a devotional act.
Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words defines meditation as to moan, growl, utter, speak; the use of words whose sounds reinforce their meaning or tone, as in poetry; a musical notation.
Meditation is deep, uninterrupted, enduring thought. Deeply earnest. To look at intently. To study carefully. Arousing feelings of awe. Meditation is to moan. A low, mournful sound of sorrow or pain. To complain, lament, grieve. To growl. A low, rough, husky, often muted sound. To utter. Produce, speak, or express audibly speech sounds, syllables, words, thoughts, etc.
Pause often to listen to your words and thoughts.
What do the sayings of your mouth and the meditation of your heart reveal about who you think you are? Are they in agreement with the sayings of the Lord God’s mouth and the meditation of his heart? Or do they resist and contradict his?
Rom 9:20 – Who are you, a mere human being, to talk back to God? Will what is formed say to him who formed it, “Why did you make me this way?” (CJB)
Isa 53:6 – All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (ESV)
We are like cracked, chipped, broken clay vessels, the result of our waywardness in losing connection with the Lord God’s word. Still, the Lord faithfully seeks each lost, wayward soul to redeem and welcome us back home.
I’ve discovered a Japanese art form, kintsukuroi, which I think provides a visual of the process of being still and knowing God; the process of being destroyed by grace and made alive together with Christ by grace. Kintsukuroi means golden joinery or repair with gold (grace). Rather than throwing broken pottery (forfeited life) away as useless, rather than repairing by concealing and hiding the patches, kintsukuroi transforms broken pottery into a new life as beautiful art, by enhancing the break lines with gold (grace, mercy, kindness). Kintsukuroi treats breakage and repair as part of the object’s unique story, rather than something to disguise or abandon.
Ps 145:8-9 – The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. (ESV)
I invite you to join me in working the words of our God into our life, walking a path where his words and thoughts nurture our soul, transforming our mind, heart, soul, and body.
May mercy, peace and love be multiplied to you!