A Church with a Heart for our Community

August 9th Wednesday

Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ – THE Risen Savior…oh! there is something about that name — it is the sweetest name I know — there is power in that name — it is a name that can banish fear and doubt –what a name! What a lovely August morning in the Kingdom…I believe that this is the day that the Lord has made, so let us rejoice and be glad in it! I believe that something good is coming your way this very day! I will be praying for you today, asking Father to release health and strength…that He may encourage you…that his joy would be your strength.

Over the past few days my devotions have been reminding me to meditate on God’s Word One of the lessons focused on the words: Oh, how I love your law (the Bible)! I meditate on it all day long! – Psalm 119:97. The word ‘meditate’ is a strong biblical word and carries with it the idea of more than simply reading…it requires “pondering” – I like that word! When the word meditate is used, it suggests an ongoing and disciplined practice. In the biblical context it is not a ritual but is something that yields a reward…those who meditate on His word “will be prosperous and successful” – Joshua 1:8.

As I said, I like the word “ponder” as it relates to meditation. When I meditate, the focal point is God’s Word, but when I ‘ponder’ the focus changes  to the implications of God’s Word as it intersects with my life…it is more than the truth of Scripture, it is applied truth. Since in many ways ‘music and song’ is a way that God  communicates and teaches me I went looking and found that there are 437 songs and choruses where the word ‘ponder’ is used.

I must confess that there are only two songs that I am familiar with. We sing a line that says, “ponder anew, what the Almighty can do, He who with love doth befriend thee” and “deeper do I ponder His cross and sorrow see, and ever gaze and wonder why Jesus died for me.” Even with these, there is a meditation on a truth and then a pondering on how that truth touches my life. There is one Bible verse that speaks to me about the importance of pondering and it is this: But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19. And there another dozen or so references that one can find. Pondering upon God’s Word, for me, is to enter into the intimacy of God’s presence.

“Ponder the greatest truth I know…Jesus loves me, this I know!”