Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. Psalm 119:97 ESV
One of the most basic aspects of spiritual formation involves spending time in God’s Word. Not just reading it, but drinking deeply from every part of it. Taking it deep into our minds and hearts and meditating on it until it penetrates our very souls. Why is this important, and how do we do it?
Meditating on the law of God aligns our minds with His. In spiritual formation we realize we are not who we want to be…due to sin, our minds and hearts are fundamentally opposed to God. Only when faith in Jesus allows the Holy Spirit to begin to recreate our heart and minds can we begin to be formed in the image of Jesus Christ. One of the most important shaping elements involves diligent meditation on God’s Word. Herein lies the most fun part! You may wonder how to meditate or think that’s some odd thing. The Hebrew word for meditate literally means “to mutter.” In the verse above, the psalmist says “Oh how I love Your law! It is my muttering all the day.” 🙂 In short, what do you mutter about? The traffic, your spouse, your job, your kids, your finances? What if we replaced the things we muttered about with God’s Word? Instead of dwelling on the negative things in our lives, or playing a conversation over and over in our heads, or trying to figure out how to solve some problem, what if we ran a particular verse through our minds over and over and over again?
In our growth group this past week, a few of our members were discussing the challenge of becoming who they want to be. Some struggle with bitterness, others with being nasty. One woman reminded us that the Bible changes us and that sometimes we have to repeat a verse 100 times to get us through a particularly challenging event. If we are struggling with loving others, we may need to mutter “God is love” and “we love because He first loved us” as many times as needed until we begin to find love in our heart. As the psalmist muttered or meditated on God’s law, it created a deeper love for God in his heart and led to greater spiritual formation. I pray the same for you, my friend.