Read: Psalm 119:15-16
I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.
As I was reading through the book of Genesis recently, I came across this statement concerning Abraham’s son, Isaac.
“And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening…” (Genesis 24:63a).
I noticed a couple of things from this brief statement. Isaac was alone and he used that time alone to think about something more. Maybe it was a one-time event, but it was probably a more regular occurrence for Isaac. He knew the promises of God for his life and for those who would follow.
Lost in Thought?
In the verses above, the psalmist uses the phrase law of the Lord to describe the truth and wisdom found in Scripture. For this person, reading God’s word is a joy and he/she meditates on those truths.
What does it mean to meditate on God’s word? My thesaurus uses words like contemplate, think, consider, ponder, reflect, deliberate, ruminate, chew the cud, or mull something over. To meditate on a passage would include thinking deeply about its meaning and then applying that truth to life. When was the last time you spent time thinking deeply about something?
It’s easier to sit down in front of the television, listen to the radio or click through Facebook or a website than it is to purposely sit down or “meditate in the field” and that’s why we should be disciplined in our time spent with God’s word in our lives.
For me, it is easier to start the day considering a passage or topic in the Bible – before my mind become cluttered with the tasks of the day. How about you?