This Sunday we’ll conclude our 3 week series on the Bible by focusing on practical ways the Bible can become a part of our everyday lives.
One of the most practical ways that Scripture can get to work in our lives is through the ancient practice of meditation. Unlike Eastern forms of meditation that seek to empty our minds, biblical meditation seeks to fill the mind with Scripture in such a way that it begins to penetrate deeply into our hearts and souls. In fact, one of the most striking metaphors that Scripture uses again and again to describe this practice of meditation is that of “eating.” In our text for this Sunday the Psalmist says “I meditate on [your Law] all day long” (Ps 119:97), and later says "How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Ps 119:103). Just as food would never be useful if we only put it in our mouths and never digested it, so to Scripture has little transformative impact when it only remains information in our brains. The wise and blessed person is the one who so ruminates, cogitates, and marinates on the word of God that it becomes a source of internal power and transformation.
This Sunday we’ll learn a bit about how to do Scripture meditation, but also a few others ways we can put Scripture to use in our everyday life. To prepare for worship, I encourage you to watch this fantastic video from the Bible Project about how Scripture is a form of Jewish Meditation literature. Pray that the Lord continues to open our hearts to the power of the Bible for everyday life.
Our weekly worship guide can be found here once finalized.
Psalm 119: 97-105
Oh, how I love your law!
I meditate on it all day long.
98 Your commands are always with me
and make me wiser than my enemies.
99 I have more insight than all my teachers,
for I meditate on your statutes.
100 I have more understanding than the elders,
for I obey your precepts.
101 I have kept my feet from every evil path
so that I might obey your word.
102 I have not departed from your laws,
for you yourself have taught me.
103 How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 I gain understanding from your precepts;
therefore I hate every wrong path.
105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.