TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, August 23, 2018:
To reflect upon; to think deeply about; to ponder.
I meditate on Your precepts and consider Your ways. I delight in Your decrees; I will not neglect Your Word.
Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it Then you will be prosperous and successful.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
As Christians most of us read our Bibles and pray, but are we meditating on God’s Word. Maybe many of us do not even know what it means to meditate on God’s Word.
To meditate one needs to find a quiet location where one can be alone. To meditate we need to shut out the world around us and focus our attention on one passage of scripture and let God speak to us through His Holy Spirit and our conscience.
In order to have effective meditation it must be made a daily priority in a private space and one must have a plan and a purpose. When we look at a verse of scripture so we can meditate on it we need to first know who the writer of that verse is, to whom he is writing and what is the passage saying.
There are several passages of scripture in Psalms that gives us instruction how to meditate and what we are to meditate on. Psalm 1:2 tells us that we are to meditate on God’s commandments day and night. Psalm 19:14 reads: Our meditation must be acceptable in God’s sight.
According to Psalm 48:9, we are to meditate on God’s unfailing love. In Psalm 77:12 it reads we are to meditate on all God’s works and mighty deeds. In Psalm 119:148 it reads that we are to meditate on His promises and finally in Psalm 145:5 we are told to meditate on the glorious splendor of God’s majesty.
All of us need to remember to turn off the distractions in life that keep us from listening to the voice of God. We need to learn to listen to God as He speaks to us as we read His Word. There are times every day when we need to stop and take a break from the busyness of our activities so that we can refresh our soul with the comfort of the truth of God’s Word.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Isaiah 25:4.
For You have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm and a shade from the heat.
Help me to take the time every day to quiet my soul so You can speak to me from Your Word. Keep me meditating on Your love and saving grace and the glorious splendor of Your majesty and almighty sovereignty.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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