Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- November 11, 2012
Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love. Psalm 48:9
Wise men and women meditate on God. There is a heart and a passion to hear from Him. This is the goal of meditation. It is a process of really listening to the Lord. And the primary purpose for listening is for the transformation of the hearer. It is not to gain more information so we can impress others with our knowledge, which pride promotes. Our flesh wants to leverage listening for our own advantage. We sometimes listen only so we can size up someone or something. We try to determine how we can persuade others to our way of thinking. So listening becomes a lever for personal advantage rather than personal transformation. The Lord loathes this low level of listening. His desire is for us to listen to Him and others for the purpose of becoming more like Jesus. Our Master’s desire is for us to master meditation for the purpose of His mastery over our life.
If we are not careful, we cringe at the thought of what Christ may say and we only listen to what we want to hear. However, selective listening is not satisfactory to our Savior. Meditation means we listen to the full counsel of God. It is listening to everything related to God’s character and His personal purpose for you. So when you get quiet before Christ, you cannot pick and choose what you want to appropriate to your life. In fact, our heavenly Father’s passion desires much from His children than just applying truth to their lives. It is engagement. Meditation on our Master leads to massive transformation. It unleashes a work of grace in our heart that jumps to the next generations. Meditation on God becomes the Spirit’s system for governing your life.
We meditate personally and corporately. We individually hear God speak. His intimacy is unrivaled in the way He loves us specifically for who we are. Personally, He has a plan and a purpose that we come to appreciate and understand in solitude and silence. But we also meditate on our Master among the masses. This is our gathering for collective praise and worship. Our spirit engages with His transcendence and holiness through the coming together with other believers in bold proclamation of our belief.
Dig out time daily for meditation on your Master. Listen to Him through His written word. This is a personal letter from your heavenly Father that oozes with His unfailing love. Secondly, listen to Him through the life of the living word, Jesus (John 1:14). He is God incarnate. When we encounter Christ we are wise to be transformed by His grace.
Lastly, listen to the Lord through writing. Journal what Jesus is saying to you. Pen to paper pulls out what is within your heart. It exposes you to who you are and who He is, and how you can become more like Him. Consider calendaring a weekend of worship with Christ. The more you meditate on His word, the more you comprehend Christ’s great love for you. And, as you are able, fulfill His greatest command of loving Him and loving others. Meditation migrates us toward our master, Jesus. It is His tool of transformation. Authentic meditation moves us to be mastered by our Master.
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