One of my favorite Psalms is Psalm 1. The first 3 verses state:
"Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 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."
I want to pay specific attention to the part of verse 2 that says, "who meditates on his law day and night." When was the last time that you actually meditated on the word of God? I don't mean doing a quick read, and checking the box on the Bible app, but actually marinating on the word?
The Hebrew word for meditate is hagah (Strong's H1896), which means to moan, growl, utter, speak, study, talk, and imagine. What Psalm 1:2 is telling us is that the blessed person does not just read through the word, but they study it, speak it, and talk over it. We live in such a fast-paced world, that I am afraid that we just quickly read these 2 minute devotionals and keep going, without ever giving the word time to take root. I am guilty of it myself. I wish I could tell you the contents of my Bible app devotional from just yesterday, but I cannot unless I open it.
However, I can recall exactly what I read during my study time with God because I meditated on it. I read the chapter, I highlighted the verses that stood out, wrote in my journal, prayed over it, and talked about it. Most of us could not recall the details from the sermon that we just heard, whether we shouted over it or not. Why? Because it takes time, for something to take root.
In Matthew 13, Jesus gives us the parable of the sower. He teaches us that the condition of the soil on which the word falls determines its harvest. Verses 20-21 state "The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away." Most of us receive Sunday sermons with joy, but we come off of that "high," no sooner than we leave the sanctuary, perhaps to the parking lot, and then we are on with the rest of the day. Whether we are focused on food, family, sports, work, social media, etc. the distractions are endless.
My challenge to you is to get planted in the word this week like Psalm 1:3 describes. Not just so you can check off the box, or earn brownie points in Heaven, but so that you can prosper spiritually, financially, emotionally, relationally, professionally, etc. Each day this week, take a minimum of 15-30 minutes, and do the following:
- Go over the sermon that you heard
- Read the Scripture in context
- Document the verses that stand out to you
- Write down 1-2 way you can apply what you heard
- Pray over the word
- Talk about it with someone (you can post to social media if you like)
- Track the fruitfulness of the word in your life
We have to be more intentional about getting rooted in the word of God, so that we can actually see its power made manifest in our lives. Set an alarm, block out time on your calendar, or whatever you have to do. Just get it done. The Lord is waiting to meet you during your study time. You will be surprised at the mysteries that will be revealed when you get into His presence. Will you take the challenge?
Cheers to a week of prosperity and growth!