Psa. 1:2-3 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
I’ll never forget the one and only Jesus festival Parris and I went to. It was probably 1975 and it was called “The Festival of the Son”. It took place somewhere near Carmel in California, the place was breathtaking. There were several thousand Jesus freaks camped out in this beautiful valley, listening to Jesus bands and preaching day and night. The one message that really hit me that weekend was actually preached by our Bible School director, Bob Forester. The word he brought was “Get Planted”. The Lord used that word to confirm in my heart about my connection to The Lord through His word and my connection to the body of Christ. To avoid drifting through life, tossed to and fro by every doctrinal trend our by all of the various trial in life, being planted in God is essential. Dick Mills brought out the importance of meditating on God’s Word in relation to being planted in God.
“meditates, hagah To reflect; to moan, to mutter; to ponder; to make a quiet sound such as sighing; to meditate or contemplate something as one repeats the words. Hagah represents something quite unlike the English “meditation,” which may be a mental exercise only. In Hebrew thought, to meditate upon the Scriptures is to quietly repeat them in a soft, droning sound, while utterly abandoning outside distractions. From this tradition comes a specialized type of Jewish prayer called “davening,” that is, reciting texts, praying intense prayers, or getting lost in communion with God while bowing or rocking back and forth. Evidently this dynamic form of meditation-prayer goes back to David’s time.”
I love that, muttering God’s word over and over is closely associated with getting planted. This is the place where our roots extend deep into the waters of life, this is the place where we begin to experience spiritual growth. Martin Luther also spoke about the verbal nature of Hebrew meditation. Here are some of his thoughts.
“To meditate, as it is generally understood, signifies to discuss, to dispute; and its meaning is always confined to a being employed in words, as in Psalms 37:30, “The mouth of the righteous shall meditate wisdom.” Hence Augustine has, in his translation, “chatter;” and a beautiful metaphor it is — as chattering is the employment of birds, so a continual conversing in the law of the Lord (for talking is peculiar to man), ought to be the employment of man.”
As chattering is an employment of birds rehearsing God’s word verbally should be the employment of man. Next time you hear the birds chattering outside your window, you can be reminded to join right in, chattering God’s words to yourself.