“His delight is in the law of the LORD and in His law he meditates day and night.”
One of the things that Jesus really emphasized was that the Word of God has a purpose. God’s Word isn’t just ink and paper. It is supposed to change you. The Bible is not just a collection of nice thoughts or a bunch of clever sayings. It is supposed to do something to you. That happens when we meditate on it.
In Hebrew, the word “hagah” means a lot more than just reading something. It implies a sincere dedication to understanding it. The idea is to seek deeper thoughts and God’s wisdom on His Word.
It also has the important idea of “groaning” or “moaning.” These ideas are present when you set out to learn something by memorization. Memorizing requires us to repeat something over and over, both silently and out loud, time and time again until we know the subject so well that it becomes a part of who we are.
When that happens, surprising new levels of understanding open up. We begin to see things we hadn’t seen before. God opens our eyes to His Truth when we commit ourselves to it.
I’ll explain more about this tomorrow.
Teach me Your way, O LORD, I will walk in Your truth. Unite my heart to fear Your name.
I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart. And will glorify Your name forever.