“Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all day long.”
Vacation Bible School is finished for the year. As I made my way through the week I was impressed that each day focused on a Bible point and verse of Scripture. All through the evening activities, the theme was developed and the Scripture repeated.
This year, I decided to take each day’s scripture verse and think about it through the day saying it over and over in my mind. All our activities through the day can be connected to Scripture. Study, walking, housework, driving, exercising, eating, listening, silence, working, gardening, praying, shopping, and resting can be occasions to return to the text.
On the first day the text was “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex” (Psalm 139:14). Whenever I saw someone, I attempted to connect that person to the Scripture. Everyone is wonderfully complex. We dare not think that we can ever understand anyone completely. God has made us to be unique reflections of the divine nature. For example, one child brought some of his favorite items to VBS and hid them in various places in his clothes. I thought, “We all have many layers to our lives. This child has learned to cope with new situations by bringing with him things that are familiar and important. He keeps them hidden, but he knows they are there.” As I meditated on this wonderfully complex child, I was reminded of another verse: “…our lives are hidden with Christ in God.” The verse assures us that Christ, the storehouse of all God’s truth, protects our souls. New life with Christ brings assurance of eternal life and many promises. Of course, there are some things in the Christian life that are easy to recognize and receive, but there are layers of God and ourselves that we have not yet discovered. They are presently hidden from our eyes. When Christ returns in future glory, all will be revealed. “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12). This is the beauty of Scripture meditation, one verse often leads to others as the present meets the future.
There are many benefits to meditating on Scripture. Psalm 119 says that wisdom is imparted and our obedience to God will grow. Also, our affection for God grows. “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth” (Psalm 119:103). Meditation upon Scripture is a way to pray throughout the day and our eyes will be opened to behold the glory of God.