Why I Love Meditating on The Psalms

https://biblicalpreaching.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/openscroll16psalms.jpg?w=768About 12 years ago, I learned how to meditate on the psalms and proverbs;  every morning I would read the psalm that corresponded with the date.  Today is October 30, therefore my reading would be Psalm 30 and Proverbs 30.   But it didn’t stop there.

After Psalm 30, I would add 30, and then read Psalm 60.  I added 30 again to read Psalm 90.  I added 30 to that and also read Psalm 120, and added 30 to that, to include Psalm 120.

Yesterday, my scriptures were Psalm 29, 59, 89, 119, 149 and Proverbs 29.  I don’t study it. I just read.  Oftentimes, I would be reminded of other scripture elsewhere and read that too.  Again, I don’t study. I just read.

It is a great way to allow the word of God to sink into your heart, and remain there.  Psalm 119:11 says “Your word I have hidden in my heart that I would not sin against You.”

I know that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,  that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work,”  (2 Timothy 3:16),  and I don’t ONLY meditate on psalms,  but this is a foundation for understanding His Word, knowing His ways, knowing how passionately He loves me even though I sin, seeing myself as I read David’s writings; his emotions as ungodly as they seem to be at times, are the emotion and heart of every human being – David was honest.

In Psalm 55, I learn of David’s heartbreak and feelings of betrayal as he was stabbed in the back by someone he thought was his closest friend; someone he trusted and bore his soul to.  He desired to fly away and be at peace because the relentless anguish in his heart and soul left him at unrest.  How many of us have felt that?  How many of us could relate?  Yet David, did not take revenge.  He brought his broken heart and ungodly thoughts to the Lord and through doing so, released them and declared “as for me, I will trust in the Lord.”   It is the Lord’s decision to take revenge….  OR not.   Either way,  David knew that he could trust in the Lord.

In Psalm 1, I see the strength of those who delight in the word of God;  who meditate on the word.  I see the promise of fruit and steadfastness.  I know that by doing so, I will not be moved. When winds of doctrine come down the pike, I know, because I have meditated on the word, that His word will rise up in my heart to test the “word of the hour.”

Reading the psalms, not studying but just reading, allows me to hear God’s heart for the moment I am in.  I will read and sense Him saying “okay, stop right here. I want you to repeat this verse back to Me.”   And I do.  Sometimes He will tell me “Sing it to Me now.”  This is meditation.  It is contemplation.  Pondering.  Singing.  I may write a poem of the entire scripture, as in Psalm 5.

Give ear to my words, Lord Give heed to my cry                                                                       My King and My God To You I draw nigh  Hear my voice in the morning’ For it speaks only to You                                                                                                                                   Consider my musings, While on the ground there is dew  You take no pleasure in wickedness, Evil flees from Your door,  Boasting becomes silent, Deceitful men You abhor, Workers of Iniquity,  You do not enjoy, Those who speak falsehood, You will destroy,

But as for me I will come into your house of mercy.  In their mouths lie unfaithfulness; Destruction within                                                                                                                        Their throats are an open tomb,  littered with sin                                                               Tongues drip with flattery Judge them guilty! Oh God May all of their counsel Now be their own rod But may all those rejoice, Who put trust in You, Because You defend them, And make mercies new A garment of praise, Worn by lovers of Your name, Oh Lord bless the righteous, Shield us from shame.

 

 

Or in a song, as in from Psalm 139, I find that no matter how dark it seems my life may be, or the dark place I find myself in, I am not lost.  I am only lost if I cannot be found.  Yet, the One who created me in a dark place, saw me before I was born and created my destiny.

Oh Lord, You’ve searched me
And You know me
You know when I sit
And when I rise
Nothing, nothing’s ever hidden
From Your eyes
From Your eyes

Oh where can I go to find
You’re not with me?
Where I can I be and find
You’re not there
Since, since You’re always with me
Whom shall I fear?
Whom shall I fear?

If I say
If I say that darkness shall
Hide me
And the light
Oh it’s so far away
It will never
It will never be dark to You
You shine like the day
Shine like the day

Your Light guides my way

In darkness You saw
My unformed body
Before
Before foundations were laid
I know
I know that I was fearfully
And wonderfully made
Wonderfully made

So if I say
If I say
That darkness shall
Hide me
And the Light
Oh it’s so far away
It will never
It will never be
Dark to You
It shines like the day
Shines like the day

Your Light Guides my way…

I learn who I am, who He is, how much He loves, and not only loves, but likes me.  He has trained my fingers for battle (writing) so that I can bend a bow of bronze (when I write it is often my warfare) Psalm 18:34

For some it is singing or artwork.

I have overcome a diagnosis of depression by meditating on the psalms.  Psalm 84 speaks of the Valley of Baca – Baca means weeping.  Valleys mean low areas.  So when depression comes, I know I don’t have to camp there like the world does. I know I don’t own the valley nor does it own me.  I have set my heart on pilgrimage – movement – journeying and when I find myself in the valley of Baca or time of weeping,  I make it a blessing with my tears – for me it will be a deeper time of meditation with the Lord.  I know that depression comes to every human being on the face of the earth but only those who choose not to camp there, yet make it a pool of blessing for others,  are able to pass through to the greater strength.

Blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baca,
They make it a spring;
The rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength;  
Each one appears before God in Zion.  Psalm 84:5-7

Proverbs is the book of wisdom – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  (Proverbs 9:10).  It is the BEGINNING.  How can we have wisdom unless we know God means what He says?   By meditating on the book of wisdom, I hide Wisdom in my heart.

And certainly not last nor least, my birthday Psalm – Psalm 27 – (birthday is May 27), has taught me incredible truths throughout the years, but I know that no matter what happens to me, I have confidence that My God will always be with me.  He is the One Thing I desire more than anything.

Reading the psalms and proverbs daily is foundational; a starting place, a place to abide in but certainly not the only place to meditate.   In the twelve years I have been reading and meditating this way,  I learn something new every day.  Still.  It never gets old, nor irrelevant.