M&M: Why?? The Importance of Meditating – Part 2
M&M – Why??
The Importance of Meditating – Part 2
You can find Part 1 of this mini series here.
Now that we have established why to meditate and looked at three subjects worthy of meditation, what are the blessings of meditation? Six of the following are directly from my pastor’s sermon last week. I was so encouraged to have him list these blessings that I wanted to share them with you. I added a seventh from my own experience. May God pour out His richest blessings on you as you seek Him with all of your heart through the sacred discipline of meditation.
- Meditation Nurtures a Heart of Obedience. When we think about and reflect on God and the things of God, when we ponder the truth of His word, our desire to obey this great and mighty God is awakened, stirred, and inspired. As we come to know Him as holy, righteous, good, and forgiving, we are intrigued by this God who loves us so. His love for us, His forgiveness of our sin, His desire to walk with us through life draws us to want to honor Him through obedience. As we consider His sovereign will and rest in Him our obedience follows.
- Meditation Blesses Our Hearts. Solomon charged his readers to guard their heart, for it is the wellspring of life (Proverbs 4:23). Furthermore he wrote that out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. Our hearts are central to our actions and our words. If we don’t guard our hearts we are in real danger of self-destructive behavior. Meditation serves as a security system for our hearts. When we intentionally consider and think on God’s truth, we are able to protect our hearts from the world’s poisonous distractions.
- Meditation Grants Us Wisdom. Paul wrote that the wisdom of the world is foolishness to God (1 Cor. 3:19). And so it is. The world’s values and priorities are in complete contrast to God’s standards. God’s wisdom is at odds with the worlds. They are complete opposites. The world says “it’s all about you” while the Bible teaches that “it’s all about God.” The world says that “you can be good enough” while the Bible teaches that “all have sinned and fallen short.” The world says that the universe “just happened” and the Bible’s account records that “in the beginning God.” God’s word is true. When we meditate on God’s wisdom, it grants us insight into relationships and situations beyond ourselves. His ways are not our ways and He patiently teaches His ways to us as we seek Him.
- Meditation Inspires Worship. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty who was and is and is to come. God is sovereign, over all things. He is Almighty, the Holy One of Israel. He is the One who put the stars in order, the planets in orbit. It is He who orchestrates the birds’ morning song and the watercolors of the sunrise. The intricacies of the flower, the unique structure of each snowflake, the ingenuity of the hummingbird’s flight. All of these and countless others lead us to worship Him. All creation worships Him. His word reveals truth to our souls, grants us strength in our weakness, and provides Living Water for our thirsty souls. We were made to worship and for fellowship with Him who alone is Worthy.
- Meditation Delights Our Souls. Fellowship with Him is what we are created for: to walk with Him daily, to trust Him in all things. John Piper says, “God is fully glorified when we are fully satisfied in Him.” He is enough. He invites us let Him be our all in all, to stop trying to find our fulfillment in anything else, to be satisfied in Him alone. He wants to be our delight and our joy. It’s an opportunity to be content in a world filled with discontent.
- Meditation Gives Us Courage and Bravery. Meditating on the things of God grants us confidence in Him, His will, and His plan. We can exercise courage to stand on His truth. God told Joshua, “Do not be afraid or dismayed for the Lord your God is with you.” We don’t find Joshua saying he was afraid, but we do find God encouraging his fearful heart. We all struggle with fear. Through meditation on His word and its truth, He grants us confidence and courage. Courage is the outplay of His strength in our weakness. It means we can stand boldly against our enemy. It means we don’t waiver when trials come because we know our ability isn’t limited by ourselves. We have His mighty right hand to protect us.
- Meditation Promotes Peace. In a world filled with conflict and problems, with wars and rumors of wars, peace is rare. Most would say it’s an impossibility and ridiculous to even consider or pursue. But those of us who know Christ as the Prince of Peace also know that peace is possible and that it is freely given. If we are more tuned into the news than to His word, we are sure to be peace-less, but when we are in His word, meditating and memorizing His truth (including His promise of peace which transcends understanding), then we can experience His perfect peace because of the hope we have of His imminent return. Our hope is not the world’s hope of wishful thinking, but rather a confident expectation.
May the Holy Spirit draw your heart into a deeper relationship with God. May you long to meditate on His law both day and night. May you be teachable as He leads you into all truth. May you be blessed as you are reminded of His faithfulness. May you be changed from the inside out. May you glorify Him in all you say and do.