06 September 2011

Meditate on This

We are commanded to read God’s word (1 Timothy 4:13; Isaiah 34:16; Deuteronomy 17:19).  We are instructed to study God’s word (2 Timothy 2:15; John 5:39).  But something we often overlook is the necessity of meditating on the word of God.  We need to set aside time and make a deliberate effort to think about what we read in God’s word.  To contemplate what we study in God’s word.  To dwell on truths we find in God’s word.

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.

Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Psalm 119:97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.

Psalm 119:99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.

Came across a couple statements in 2 Samuel 15 that are worthy of some meditation.

Here’s the setting.  King David is fleeing for his life.  But not from Saul.  This time he’s running from his son Absalom, who has conspired against him and usurped the throne of Israel.  David’s finding out who his real friends are.  And who his enemies are, as well.

Consider the statement made to David by his servants in 2 Samuel 15:15 And the king's servants said unto the king, Behold, thy servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint.

Just think about that.  We’re God’s servants, right?  Is that our attitude?  Is that our heart?  Could we pray that, and really mean it?  Something to think about.

And then David makes this statement in 2 Samuel 15:26 But if he thus say, I have no delight in thee; behold, here am I, let him do to me as seemeth good unto him.

If you read back into the context (v. 25), what David is saying is that if God chooses to bring him back to Jerusalem, great.  “I’m in God’s hands, and God always does what’s right.  And if not, I’m still in God’s hands, and God always does what’s right.”  Just let the Lord do what He thinks is best.  His way is perfect.  His word is right.  What’s best for me is to let Him have His way.

Is that our attitude?  Is that our heart?  Could we say that, and really mean it?  Are we OK with God doing whatever He wants with us?  Are we OK with God doing whatever He wants to us?  Really something we ought to meditate on.