Wednesday, February 18, 2009

WFW - The Word of God

Meditating and Considering the Word of God

The Word of God holds great richness and truth. What does it mean to meditate on the precepts of God and consider His ways and decrees?
The Hebrew word for meditate is siyach. We find that this is a verb (action!) that means:

1) to put forth, mediate, muse, commune, speak, complain, ponder, sing
a) (Qal)
1) to complain
2) to muse, meditate upon, study, ponder
3) to talk, sing, speak
b) (Polel) to meditate, consider, put forth thoughts

We, like the Psalmist, should truly meditate on God's Word. We should toss it around in our minds and heart, studying it and let it really seep in. We should share it with others, too, considering it and sharing what it means to us personally.

The Hebrew word for consider is nabat. This, too, is a verb, and means:

1) to look, regard
a) (Piel) to look
b) (Hiphil)
1) to look
2) to regard, show regard to, pay attention to, consider
3) to look upon, regard, show regard to

Can we truly even know the ways of God and meditate on His precepts if we are not reading the Bible daily, letting it soak in and thinking about passages we read throughout the day?

The Hebrew word for ways is 'orach. It means:

1) way, path
a) path, road
b) the path, way, passing of life (fig.)
c) way of living (fig.)
d) traveller, wayfarer (meton)

God's Word is not there just to decorate our homes and outwardly manifest our Christianity. It is there to be regarded, to be considered and paid attention to, and to show regard to. His Word is precious and holy and shows the paths of life we should take.

Delighting in the Word and Not Neglecting It

We should truly delight in the precious Words of the Lord and know what privelege we have in reading them. Many don't have the access to the Bible that we do. They simply cannot afford it or perhaps it is illegal in their country. Maybe there isn't a translation of the Word into the language that they understand. We have many versions of the Bible available to us and should never neglect in reading His Word.

The Hebrew word for neglect is shakach. It means:

1) to forget, ignore, wither
a) (Qal)
1) to forget
2) to cease to care
b) (Niphal) to be forgotten
c) (Piel) to cause to forget
d) (Hiphil) to make or cause to forget
e) (Hithpael) to be forgotten

May there never be a time that we forget, cease to care or let God's Word wither within us.

"Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors." ~ Psalm 119:24 (NIV)

The Hebrew word for statutes is `edah. It means:

1) testimony, witness
a) always plural and always of laws as divine testimonies

Delighting in God's Word

The Hebrew word for delight is sha`shua`. This is an intensive noun that means:

1) delight, enjoyment
a) delight
b) object of delight

We have the testimony, the witness of men before us, sharing God's Words and laws with us. The Bible was written by men of old, and is the inspired Word of God. It's a compliation of books rich in every genre a person could ask for. History, prophecy, science, romance, action, suspense, mystery, non-fiction, self-help...It's the best book a person could read! It has everything in it that would appeal to anyone, especially Christians.

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." ~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)

We should thoroughly delight in the Word of God, but we never will if we don't read it. What passages thrill you and delight you the most? I find the Gospels particularly thrilling. I love reading the Words of Christ and delving into the parables He spoke. I also delight in the Psalms and Proverbs. Most of my favorite delightful passages are the prophetical ones, the ones that speak of a new Heaven and new Earth. Ones that speak of no more tears and pain and sadness. I would never have known to look forward to Heaven were it not for reading the Word of God.

Making it Happen

As I said yesterday, "Dive into His Word and make it real and personal to you! Let me tell you, the Old Testament is anything *but* boring! It sets the stage for so much of the New Testament and is so rich in history. You'll recognize names, as in the case of Stephen's speech in Acts. You'll learn more and it all just ties so neatly in together."

I confess that when I first began to read through the Bible, the Old Testament stumped me. By the time I got to Leviticus my eyes were crossed and I would give up. I was led to begin doing the Bible in 90 Days Program, though, and I found that when I'd read huge chunks at a time I didn't get quite so bogged down. Soon I began to enjoy the OT and looking forward to my next reading of it. I loved recognizing the characters as they were referred back to and I would find nuggets nestled into seemingly mundane or boring chapters. Take the prayer of Jabez and God's answer, for instance. It's tucked into the lineage of the clan of Judah in 1 Chronicles 4. What else might I have missed? I did the program twice more, reading through the Bible three times within a year. I am not boasting there, just saying that God gave me a thirst for His Word like I had never had before.

What is the Word, the true Word of God? Jesus! While Genesis tells us one story of "In the beginning..." we are also told of another beginning.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." ~ John 1:1 (NIV)

How could you not delight in or not neglect Jesus? One way would be not to read His Word.

I encourage you to dive into the Word of God with a new outlook. Truly meditate in the Scriptures and don't neglect them. Most of all, delight in them.

D - Devote time to reading His Word. "I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word." ~ Psalm 119:16 (NIV)

E - Enjoy the Word of God. "Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. " ~ Psalm 119:111 (NIV)

L - Love the Word of the Lord. "for I delight in your commands because I love them. " ~ Psalm 119:47 (NIV)

I - Immerse yourself in the Word. "Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. " ~ Psalm 119:97 (NIV)

G - Gain understanding from His Word. "Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders. " ~ Psalm 119:27 (NIV)

H - Hide God's Word in your heart daily. "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. " ~ Psalm 119:11 (NIV)

T - Trust God's Word to bring you delight. "How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! " ~ Psalm 119:103 (NIV)

Father, help us to return to a first-love of the Word of God. May we meditate on it and consider Your ways. Your Word is holy and precious, Lord, and is the fuel that propels us to walk in the way You have prepared for us. May we truly delight in the precepts and statutes we read in the Bibles we are so blessed to have, Lord. Give us a passion to share with others what we have learned, to spur one another on and encourage each other in Your precious Word. Thank You for making Your Word come alive through Your Son Jesus. I praise You for breathing a fresh love of Your Word into my life and pray it is contagious, causing others to want to read what I'm reading. Help us stay in Your Word daily, never neglecting Your truths. Thank You for the greatest theme of the Bible, the truly amazing grace that comes from the redemption we have in Christ Jesus our Lord. Thank You for Your Word, Lord, and for those who have worked so hard to translate it into versions we can understand. There is never an excuse to let dust grow on our Bibles just because we think we cannot understand it. Give us wisdom to discern Your Word and to let it seep into our hearts and souls. Help us to memorize the Scriptures You so freely gave us and to lead others to a saving knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord. In His Name I pray...

The purpose of WFW is to share the Word of God through photo's and a verse. Amydeanne, over at The 160 Acre Woods, is our hostess. Be sure to link up and share your own, and drop her a thank you for hosting this wonderful meme each week. It always blesses my heart to read all the posts and see the photos and verses. This is a wonderful way to minister to others and to be ministered to by reading others posts. Please visit by clicking on the button below.



Denise said...

I really enjoyed this, bless you.

Mary Moss said...

Wow, this is great food for thought. You are so right about needing to spend time in the Word.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all that work! I know it is fun work though-researching the meaning of the words and studying. I do neglect God's Word at times and when I do, I know I don't "think straight." That is just the way it is. Have a wonderful day meditating.

Jennifer at Sit-n-Chat, am at work at the moment (my husband's office)

Anonymous said...

What template do you use that allows the large header and pictures? Thanks.

Jennifer B at Sit-n-Chat

He And Me + 3 said...

I am printing out that one, because I love that acrostics. Great post today my friend. perfect for me.

Vikki Wright said...

Very inspiring! I'm gonna look up that 90-day programme...right now I'm doing a very slow Bible in two years one, which lets me meditate A LOT because you read so little in a day, and it's been great, but it's good to read it in different ways. Thanks, and have a wonderful day!

JesusRulzMe said...

Hey there twin!

You wanna hear another interesting fact about meditating? That's what it's called when cows "chew the cud". You know they chew and chew to get all the flavor and nutrients, then they swallow it, and yep...they regurgitate it and eat it again. Gross analogy, but really, that's how we should "meditate" on God's word, chew and chew to get all the flavor and nutrients, then take it in (or like you said, "make it happen), then bring it back to mind and chew on it some more.

Also, I LOVED when you said:

"the Old Testament is anything *but* boring! It sets the stage for so much of the New Testament and is so rich in history.

AMEN to THAT sister!

Love you!

MyJourneyBack said...

Yes. May we meditate and delight in the word. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post. And thanks for coming over to My Jourey too.
I love stopping in and reading your wonderful writing you encourage and inspire.
Many Blessings,

Jen said...

I always enjoy reading what you post. I love word studies and meanings. I have been really blessed these past few weeks praying for my Husband like the way I have been. I always pray for him but this is something different each day. I will probably continue next month.

Joyfull said...

Wonderful encouragement to stay in God's Word and find our delight in Him! Loved this.

ellen b. said...

Good Morning Laurie Ann, Well it's still morning in California. Hope all is well with you.
I love that word Delight and it's especially meaningful that we should Delight in the Lord and in His word. Blessings...

Patty Wysong said...

That acrostic is fabulous, Laurie! Thank you so much for all that you put into your studies!

Peggy said...

Blessing Laurie Ann...AWESOME, Amazing...powerful...packed lesson on Psalm 119 & mediating on HIS WORD!

I read and reread and soaked in more each time!

Thank you for all the time you take to wonderfully DELIGHT in the Lord's WORD & share such great insights & teachings! I always want to research scripture more and frequently do not have the resources at my fingertips, except now through YOU & the internet, I'm learning! Bless you for investing your time to share on your blog!

I even forgot that this was WFW!
I was wondering which WORD you would choose to do as an acrostic!
What a PRAYER! What a DELIGHT!
EnJOY WFW and fill your week with
HIM & HIS WORD! Delight yourself in all His ways and....

lori said...

ALWAYS such a great pour yourself into these and it's a blessing!
DELIGHT...I LOVE it!! It goes hand in hand with mine!

Your research is astounding...and appreciated!!

MJ said...

This is wonderful! Thank You!

June said...

Waau I don't know how you do it!
Here is another great post. You do this every day where do you get all this information?

My head is still spinning with delight.

Michele Williams said...

Another great post. I'm always amazed that my Lord delights in me as well... I must delight in Him...

Rebecca said...

I can't write enough AMENS! It just thrills my heart to hear of other's mutual LOVE of God's word. What would my life be without it? Soaking it all in....

Anonymous said...

your post always hit my heart (in a good way!) Delight. His Word is so precious and sometimes I forget to take time and delight in it.

Blessings :)

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Hey girl,
I love that verse!

momgen said...

This is awesome post thanks for sharing...

ozjane said...

Good to reflect along with you.

God Chaser said...

thanks for such great inspiration to read the word of God- I do but you added and additional inspiration. I too love His word. Be blessed with peace, joy and love.

Amydeanne said...

Great choice for today Laurie! Happy WFW!

LauraLee Shaw said...

It amazes me that you can come up with so much depth on a daily basis. WoW! God has gifted you with insight beyond measure. This was perfect.

Carrie said...

It is so inspiring to read the Psalmist's declarations of love for God.