Topic: Benefits Of Meditation [Sunday September 17, 2017]
Text: Psalm 119:17-24
Key Verse: “Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes”(Psalm 119:23).
The story goes that Henry Ford once hired an efficiency expert to evaluate his company. After a few weeks, the expert made his report, which was highly favorable except for one thing. “It’s that man, down the hall,” said the expert. “Every time I go by his office he’s just sitting there with his feet on his deck. He’s wasting your money.” “That man,” replied Mr. Ford, “once had an idea that saved us millions of dollars.
At the time, I believe his feet were planted right where they are now. From our text, the psalmist in presenting the many benefits of God’s word, highlighted the importance of meditating on it; especially when facing persecution and trials. The writer presents believers in God as strangers in the midst of proud and worldly sinners; whose only hope of survival is the daily reliance on the counsels of God. When it appears the psalmist was almost reaching a breaking point, he turned his attention to God’s word as a refuge in the time of storm.
Meditation on God’s word gave him strength and hope. Meditating on God’s word enables us to see beyond the surface until we get to the rich depths wherein abide the real treasures that will give our souls the victory and the power to rule our worlds. We can easily turn our defense into attack through the confidence we get when we meditate on His laws. He keeps in perfect peace those whose mind is stayed on Him (Isaiah 26:3). The problem here is the discipline to keep our minds stayed on God. Sometimes in life, there are difficulties that cannot be overcome by willpower alone.
Many of us have tried to achieve fulfillment and purpose by our own means, and have fallen short of what God has called us to. Through meditation on God’s word, we can discover our purpose for living and find the strength to achieve it.
Thought for the day: Meditation on God’s word enlivens and empowers.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.