God does not give the church things; He gives the church His Son Jesus. God not only “gave’ His son to each of us but He has given tools to each of us so that we can discover fresh wisdom and revelation into His Son.
Do you know why the word of God is true? Because it is true! God cannot and does not lie! Titus speaks this truth:
“…a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time (Titus 1:2 NIV).”
God makes eternal promises and there is nothing more profound than the promises of a God who never lies. You can trust every word that He has spoken.
When we become consumed with God, there is nothing more rewarding than meditating on Him. Meditation is by far one of the most important life principles we can ever learn. God’s Word is His true and eternal thoughts written on paper for our study and consideration. His Word is how He thinks about every situation and subject.
Do not be afraid of meditation because it sounds like it is part of the New Age movement. Satan is the great imposter. He has never created anything. He will introduce his own thoughts (which are all lies) and twist them from God’s original intent. Satan will not only twist what God is doing by perverting it (New Age meditation), but he will keep well-meaning believers from experiencing these powerful tools out of fear. Some believers are convinced that mediation is only an apparatus of the New Age movement.
God says to meditate on His word day and night so we will obey it (see Josh. 1:8 NIV). The psalmist says, his delight is in the Law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night (see Ps. 1:2 NIV). Actually, the Bible mentions meditate or meditation 20 times. My encouragement and my exhortation to you is to not meditate on the word of God with the goal of finishing, but with the goal of being with Him! In other words, don’t feel like you have to finish a particular passage of Scripture during your meditation. If you find yourself completely absorbed in meditating on the first verse of a passage, and that is all you read, then you have accomplished your passionate goal of meeting with Him.
THE BEAUTY OF MEDITATION
Meditating on God’s word is an extremely valuable tool in your identity. We take on the attributes of the things we focus on. When we become consumed with God, there is nothing more rewarding than meditating on Him. I am intrigued with David’s thoughts as he meditated on God and penned this psalm:
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread? When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, my adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell. Though a host encamps against me, my heart will not fear; though wars arise against me, In spite of this I shall be confident (Psalm 27:1-3 NASB).”
In verse one, David professes and agrees that God is his light and salvation. When he understands and agrees with this truth, he fears no one and nothing. When David does not remember who God is (his light and salvation) he then agrees with fear.
This really drives home the truth that God’s perfect love casts out all fear (see 1 John 4:18). Did you notice that His love casts out ALL fear! When you are experiencing fear, you are not experiencing His light. When you are not drawing your life from God, you are walking in the darkness. Darkness is simply the absence of light. When God is welcomed in and steps into the darkness, the darkness leaves, because the light of God is present and all fear is gone.
Next, David believes that God is the great defender of his life, and because of this reality he dreads no one. This means that Jesus defends David (and you) in the courtroom of all eternity. Lies from the Enemy are toothless.
In verse two, David comments that when we remember who God is, and who we are, our enemies will stumble and fall. In other words, darkness has no power when we remember who God is and who He says we are. In reality, darkness is a lie. Even when my enemies attempt to come back again and again, they are revealed by God’s light and they vanish. And with this reality my heart will not fear; I will be secure in God!
“One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple (Psalm 27:4 NASB).”
In Psalms 27:4, I am struck by what David did not say: “Lord there are ten really important items in my life, but you are the most important item in my life.” He actually stated that nothing else in his life mattered. Jesus, and Jesus alone, is my passion and my desire. He is my fascination. In other words, nothing else matters when I have Him, because in Him I have all things.
Supernatural revelation is released from God’s realm when we meditate on His very thoughts and intentions. An incredible obsession for the kingdom of heaven occurs when you meditate on the Beautiful One. This verse will be familiar to many of you, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33 NASB). As we meditate on Him, His presence will increase in our hearts. To behold God is to know God.
THE SONG OF ALL SONGS
I would like to encourage you to meditate on passages such as this:
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—for your love is more delightful than wine. Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the maidens love you! Take me away with you—let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers (Song of Solomon 1:2-4 NIV).
Song of Solomon illustrates the bride’s spiritual journey as she draws near to Jesus in intimacy and then runs in deep partnership with Him in ministry. She matures in these two realities as she experiences the intimacy of God’s word touching her heart. The paradox of our faith is that we are dark in our soul, yet we are lovely to God. God has the divine perspective of the finished bride, complete and holy. Both truths must be held in tension to understand who we are before God.
Some emphasize how sinful we are and others emphasize how beautiful we are. While we need to understand that we sin and forget who we are, the deeper revelation is that we are beautiful, powerful, and lovely to God. There is nothing we can do to make God love us more and there is nothing we can do to lose His love for us.
The bride has a desperate cry to have more of Jesus. She wants Him to personally feed her spirit.
Tell me, O You whom I love, where You feed your flock…For why should I be as one who veils herself by the flocks of Your companions? (Song of Solomon 1:7 NKJV).
Mike Bickle, director International House of Prayer in Kansas City, teaches that there are four reasons why God is passionate towards us, even in our weakness.
1. God’s personality is filled with tender and loving emotions for His people.
2. With the gift of righteousness, we also freely receive the beauty of Jesus’ righteousness.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV).
3. The Spirit imparts a sincere and willing spirit of obedience that cries for God; it is not a fully mature obedience, but it is a very willing spirit of obedience.
You received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry, “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15 NKJV).
4. We have an eternal destiny as Jesus’ Bride. God sees the end from the beginning. He sees us as the finished bride.
LET ME ILLUSTRATE
Kirk Bennett, from the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Missouri, tells a beautiful story that affirms the power of meditating on God’s word.
After teaching about meditating on the word of God, a young gal (we will call her Mary) came up to Kirk. She was so excited about beginning her journey of mediating on God. Mary said that God had really ignited her heart towards mediation, and she was looking forward to the process.
About three weeks later, Kirk was walking in the halls, and he noticed Mary was walking briskly towards him. As she got closer and closer to him, she was beginning to bounce and dance. Mary was so filled with the Spirit. Mary’s smile was so contagious and her eyes were beaming with joy.
Kirk said, “Wow! What is going on with you?”
Mary began to tell Kirk that she had spent the last three weeks mediating on the word of God.
Kirk responded, “That’s awesome! What verses have you been meditating on?”
Mary said, “John 3:16!”
Kirk said, “That’s so cool. What part of John 3:16 have you been meditating on?”
Mary said with much exhilaration…”For God!”
Mary had spent three weeks on only two words from John 3:16, but she had found such deep revelation from God. The point is not to be in a rush. The goal of meditation is not to finish, but to be with the One who loves you. God has such divine revelation that He wants to give us and this revelation can even be found in only “two words” from Scripture.
The truth is that we can be intimate with a beautiful and completely unfathomable God.