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)
Does God want us to know his laws so that we will be obedient servants and children and thus please him and earn a place in heaven with him? Or is there a bigger purpose in asking us to know his laws?
John 14:21 – Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me, and the one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.” (CJB)
Meditating on God’s Law is all about relationship! “I will love him and reveal myself to him.”
Meditating on God’s Law is how we have, hold, and possess his commandments. Meditating on God’s Law is how we have ability, continuity, relation, and the condition to love him. Meditating on God’s Law is how we keep his commandments, keeping our eyes focused on it so that we may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.
A different way of knowing.
Contemplation is an entirely different way of knowing reality… Mature religion will always lead us to some form of prayer, meditation, or contemplation to balance out our usual calculating mind. Believe me, it is major surgery, and we must practice it for years to begin to rewire our egocentric responses.
Contemplation is work, so much so that most people give up after their first futile attempts. But the goal of contemplation is not success, only the continuing practice itself. The only people who pray well are those who keep praying! In fact, continued re-connecting is what I mean by prayer, not occasional consolations that we may experience…
Each person must do this homework for themselves. It cannot be achieved by reading someone else’s conclusions.
When our judgmental mind and all its commentaries are placed aside, God finally has a chance to get through to us, because our pettiness and self-protective filters are at last out of the way. Then Truth stands revealed on its own—quite simply—and we will experience a rebirth of the soul. (From Meditations@CAC.org, Ways of Knowing; Doing the Homework; Sunday, October 13, 2019 (Richard Rohr daily meditations).
I invite you to join me in discovering a new way of knowing.
May mercy, peace and love be multiplied to you!