THURSDAY 3RD SEPT., 2020
WORD FOCUS: MEDITATE DAY AND NIGHT (1)
TEXT: PSALM 1:2 “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night….”
Time after time, the Bible teaches valuable lessons on how we should live our lives using examples from God’s creation, like plants and animals. In one instance, we are called to be like cows, strange as it may seem. Why would we want to be like the cow? The reason is that after eating a stomach full of grass, the cow brings back the grass to its mouth to chew it again and digest it completely. When we read God’s Word, we have to “digest” what we read. Psalm 1 tells us to think about God’s law day and night. This means we should “meditate” on Scripture – think about it over and over again, so we can understand it. If we go beyond reading and actually keep His word in our heart, the Holy Spirit can bring Scripture back to our mind anytime. This is why it is important to read the Bible every day, if possible. Take Jesus for example: when He was being tempted in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-13), He resisted Satan’s attacks by quoting Scripture that He had memorized. So, what are some practical ways we can start to memorize Scripture?
1. CHOOSE A PASSAGE AND SET A GOAL. Memorizing a bible verse here and there is valuable. But a verse is just one small part of a book of the Bible. God’s word is better understood when we read the text around one verse. Choosing a longer passage of scripture helps you avoid changing the meaning of scripture or misunderstanding it. So, try to select a paragraph or even a short chapter. You might look for a passage containing attributes of God, or one which will help you in an area of weakness. For example, if you lack joy in your life, you might choose Philippians 4, where it says “Rejoice in the Lord always . . .” Other suggestions are: Colossians 3:1-17; Matthew 5:3-12 (the Beatitudes); Ephesians 1:3-14. Also, be sure to use a Bible version that is easy to read and understand. If 17th century English is hard for you to understand, then don’t choose the King James version! Finally, decide how quickly you want to memorize your passage. Adding one verse a day may be good. A little bit of daily progress adds up fast!
MEDITATION: Joshua 1:8-9
STUDY THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
JN 10:22-42; 2CHRO 9; PS 74
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