Meditating on the Word
Psalms 119:9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
12 Praise be to you, Lord;
teach me your decrees.
13 With my lips I recount
all the laws that come from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in following your statutes
as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts
and consider your ways.
16 I delight in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word.
In the 1980’s I completed a series of courses in order to receive the designation of FLMI, or Fellow Life Management Institute. These courses dealt with varying topics as regards life insurance. Some of the courses dealt with accounting, mathematics, claims, underwriting and of course law.
Most law is dry as a bone, and although I was diligent to study and learn, it was not a joy. I did not meditate on any of these courses, and I hid very little in my heart. But David gives us a different picture, one of a man who understands clearly what it takes to stay on the pathway of holiness.
Have you tried hiding the word in your heart lately? It is hard! Memorization does not come easily at my age, but what happens if we find ourselves in the predicament of Christians in Third World countries who do not have a dozen Bibles in their homes? In fact, many have to share not just complete Bibles but portions of Bibles. How much of the word can you rely upon if your Bible is no longer available?
We need to become single-minded enough that we can find joy in the things of God, we can spend time in His word, not scanning over it so that we can say we read the Bible today, but really soaking it in. We need to remember we are seeking holiness, and if we seek it, we will find it. But it all begins with seeking.
PRAYER: Father, as we follow the disciplines of reading our Bibles and praying, may we become diligent in really reading your word. May it remain light and truth for each person who reads it, and may we keep it ever before us, and your word ever in our hearts. Amen