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Good morning! So, we're continuing to look as Psalm 1. Read it again to refresh your memory.

 

I'd like to pause at verse 2 and look at the word meditates in the phrase "... and on his (God's) law he meditates day and night."

 

The dictionary defines this word as "to think about, contemplate, consider, meditate on, muse on, mull over, ponder on/over, deliberate about/on, chew on, puzzle over". In the Hebrew (the original language of the Old Testament) that word is Hagah and is the same word used to describe how a cow eats its second course! The first being the biting off the grass (or whatever else is added to their feed?), but then after that the cow just seems to always be chewing, much like we do when we chew gum - but hopefully with our mouths closed and a more intelligent look on our faces!  The technical term is rumination, also called cud-chewing. It is the process by which the cow regurgitates (casts up) previously consumed feed and chews it again for a longer time. The re-chewed feed is mixed with more saliva and is formed into a ball and swallowed a second time. This is a great illustration of the deeper meaning of hagah / meditation. 

 

So, using that illustration in this context, we understand that someone who reads Scripture, then "chews on it" throughout the day allowing it to become a part of their very being and their thinking. Thus it nourishes, builds up, gives new perspectives, helps them see more clearly their circumstances, their issues, their God and themselves.

 

Then the psalm goes on to describe the life of the person who make this process a part of their life...

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.

 

The prophet Jeremiah picks up the same theme when he he describes the person who trusts in the Lord...

 

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
    whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
    that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
    its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
    and never fails to bear fruit.  
 Jeremiah 17:7,8

 

So my friend, when we open His Book to read it, let's be quick to ask the author to open our hearts, our minds and our ears to his voice. And then let's be quick to obey. Remember the parable that Jesus told about people who only hear the Word of God and do nothing about it, compared with those who do something. Mathew 7:24-27

 

Let's begin, or continue, to make decisions that not only impact our lives, but also impact the lives of those around us.

 

Until next week ...

The Bible is meant to be bread for daily use,

not cake for special occasions.

 

 

 

 

 

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