Sunday, February 8, 2009

Sweet Meditation


Psalm 119:103 "How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"

In the past few weeks I have found it so cool and refreshing that in many different spaces in the blogosphere, sisters on the journey of following Jesus are all reminding each other of the same thing...tuck His Words away in your heart.

As I said in my last post, I have found it very important to have the Words of Truth ready in my heart to remind my mind at a moment's notice of what is True especially when life starts to unravel or get confusing or unsure. And His Words DO comfort and guide and soothe. We also need to pass on those same Words to encourage each other and not just give each other that everyday, sounds-good-to-me advice.

Psalm 119: 92-93 "If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life."

His Word also brings us joy...it reminds us that this world is not the truest Reality...it beckons us to lift our eyes to Him and praise and be thankful and rejoice! And not only do all of these actions bring Him glory, but they are also really good for us. I am amazed when I read research showing that gratefulness helps our health both physical and mental...that living a life of faith and joy brings longevity and fulfillment. Psychologists are finding that "be anxious for nothing, but in everything, with prayer and petition, make your requests known to God" really DOES bring the promise of peace into our lives (Philippians 4).

In the past I have used more formal approaches to Scripture Memory...and because of how trapped I have been in subtle forms of legalism which eroded my walk with Jesus, I am very cautious in what I "add" to my walk with Him. In fact, I don't even like to call this "spiritual discipline" Scripture Memory anymore (just a personal preference) but to focus on it being meditation. The words "Scripture Memory" have been a harsh taskmaster to me, but somehow viewing the chewing and digesting and remembering of His Word as meditation brings my soul a sense of lightness...and speaks of an ongoing daily conversation I am having with His Word. Not a 20 minute rote review in the mornings, but an ongoing tasting of the verse as a habit throughout my day...allowing His words to be on my tongue at the sink, as I putter outside, as I declutter a closet, as I fold another towel.

Psalm 1:2 "But His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night"

Psalm 119:97 "Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long."


In this season I am only putting to memory those verses that really speak to where I am right now spiritually, emotionally, physically because otherwise I get bogged down and burned out by long chapters or whole books. That's just me. I do write verses down on notecards. I carry the notecards around with me or come back to my room regularly during my day to catch a glance of my notecard to review...but those verses are repeated in my mind over and over and over throughout the day as I truly meditate on the meaning of the verse and echo it back as a prayer to the Lord that my need for review doesn't last for long.

I have found that I am actually memorizing verses very quickly because of how often they are being repeated in my mind throughout the day...and I have truly begun to fall in love with these verses and view the Word as a dear friend coming to visit. And it IS a dear friend because it is the Holy Spirit speaking His Word to me in my need in the moment.

As a sister (or brother!) on the journey, may we together find His words to be sweet to our taste...so much so that we crave them throughout our days and find the promises becoming at home in our hearts. Words that visit us in our homes and hearts and remind us of our Dear Daily Friendship with Jesus.

12 comments:

Karri said...

This is such an important reminder of the value for us each personally putting God's word into our hearts. I work so have verses in my car, in my purse, on my desk at work...everywhere so I have more of an opportunity to commit them to memory. I've also found carring a small Bible in my purse lets me use surprise "down time" for time with God.

STEPHANIE said...

I used to work on memorization while walking to class in college and when ever I am walking somewhere by myself those words come to mind. I need to be better about this again.Thanks for sharing

Katrina said...

Wonderfully written, Aimee. I completely agree with you. Though I am going to try to learn the book of Philippians, I do not think of it as a task but with excitement as this is what I have been wanting to do for a long time.:o) I love that you use the word "meditation" because that is really what it is... thinking, pondering...going over it in your mind throughout the day.

You've just put it so well... thank you.

kelli said...

"may we together find His words to be sweet to our taste...so much so that we crave them throughout our days and find the promises becoming at home in our hearts."

Lovely, Aimee, just lovely! And I love your bag:)

Hill upon Hill said...

That is a beautiful way of viewing scripture.
I do hope that you are keeping well.

aswewalk said...

Beautiful.

I've been mounting my verses on pretty scrapbook paper and taping them all around the house, so I can feast on them wherever I am.

Sara said...

A great post, as usual. I too can fall into the trap of being a legalistic freak about stuff like this. And that is just what Satan wants. His word should be a JOY to read, meditate on, and memorize. I love your verse pouch (I'm assuming that's what it is?). Fun fun. :)

Clair said...

I tried to memorize a couple of chapters last year but did not succeed, though I am going to keep trying. It is amazing how it can come to mind at a great time.

Sarah said...

Thanks for the encouragement, today! One of my favorite "tools" for index carding my verses are those little "spirals" of 50 index cards, that can be found at the drug store. I keep one near my Bible, and one in my purse, and then when I think of or read a verse that I want to remember, I just write it, tear it off, and either share it or hang it where it'll come in handy.

Mrs. Pivec said...

Oh, my. I do appreciate your perspective on this. I am doing the same thing: choosing verses that speak to me right now and meditaing on them. I know there is much to be learned from whole chapters and books as well, but that is not where I am right now. Like you, forcing myself to memorize for the sake of memorizing takes some of the delight out of it. While I do understand and appreciate the benefits of other methods, this one at this time resonates deeply with me.

Ann Voskamp @Holy Experience said...

Aimee,
This post has been ruminating around inside my heart for days, you and Mike and your story close.

I deeply appreciate you both, join you in meditating on Words that carry.

With love,
All's grace,
Ann

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

I'm here via Ann (Holy Experience) today, and I have to say I completely, utterly relate to what you have said here about the importance of tucking away beloved rhema in our hearts and minds. Yes, yes, and yes. I can't think of a single thing to add.

Also, by the looks of everything here from your flip-flops on a laundry line banner to all of your sidebar links . . . well, I think we have quite a bit in common.

Thanks for sharing these important truths!