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Delighting in His Decrees

Psalm 119:9-16

Verses 15-16 I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.

Now that we know the importance of rejoicing in the law we need to look at how to appropriately apply this to our lives.

The psalmist begins today's verses with the declaration that he mediates on God's laws and takes the time to consider them. While the idea of meditation is not comfortable for many in Christian circles due to its connections to eastern religions it isn't a sin to meditate. In fact there are parts of the law that commanded meditating on God's ways and laws.

Meditating is an intentional action of thought. It is seeing what God said and not just memorizing it but mulling it about in our minds, allowing the truth of it to seep into our deepest parts. It helps us know God and His desires in more than just words. When we start focusing on the things that God has said and think about what He was really saying by speaking them we will learn there is a depth to the law that we have missed in the past.

We mentioned the other day that if we look at the meaning of His law we will see things like how the law about not using God's name in vain means more than not swearing by using His name. It means not smearing His name in anyway. We aren't to be flippant in saying His name but we also need to know that we can and should use His name to bring Him glory. That is the key of the command. When we are intentional about using His name properly we will bring Him glory and will find ourselves rejoicing in His command.

This is how meditation on His Word works to grow us and bring us to a place of rejoicing in His commands so that He receives glory, not just from us but from those who see and come to know Him through our joyful obedience. But we can't know His ways if we neglect time in His Word. Neglecting His Word is neglecting Him.

Making It Personal

Have you ever meditated on His Word? What difference could meditating on His Word have in your life? What verse or passage do you need to meditate on today?

Making It Personal Kids

What do you think it means to meditate? How can you meditate on the Bible? Is there a topic in the Bible you need to learn more about?

Closing Prayer

Father, forgive us for not dwelling on You as we should. Teach us Your ways and burn them deep in our hearts. In Jesus' name, amen.

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