Nourishment (11 September 2020)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

Oh, how I love your law!
    I meditate on it all day long.
 Your commands are always with me
    and make me wiser than my enemies.
 I have more insight than all my teachers,
    for I meditate on your statutes.
 I have more understanding than the elders,
    for I obey your precepts.
 I have kept my feet from every evil path
    so that I might obey your word.
 I have not departed from your laws,
    for you yourself have taught me.
 How sweet are your words to my taste,
    sweeter than honey to my mouth!
 I gain understanding from your precepts;
    therefore I hate every wrong path.

Psalm 119: 97-104

Reflect:

Our minds and souls need nourishment in the same way our bodies do, and yet while most of us at least pay lip service to the need to pay attention to what we eat, how conscious are we about what we feed our inner selves? There is a lot of junk on offer- the internet is good for unlimited access to time wasting and unhealthy trivia- but there’s also poison, and quite often we’ll willingly ingest it. 

As Christians, to survive, grow, and thrive, we need to be nourished by the word of God. The psalmist says he meditates on it (v. 97,99). He chews it over, he savours it, he absorbs it slowly and consciously, getting the very most from every word. He knows what is good for him.

Respond:

Meditate on verse 103: “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.”

 

Midday Meditation:

'Christians feed on Scripture. Holy Scripture nurtures the holy community as food nurtures the human body. Christians don’t simply learn or study or use Scripture; we assimilate it, take it into our lives in such a way that it gets metabolized into acts of love, cups of cold water, missions into all the world, healing and evangelism and justice in Jesus’ name, hands raised in adoration of the Father, feet washed in company with the Son.' 

(Eugene Peterson, Eat This Book

Evening Reflection:

'The purpose of meditation is to enable us to hear God more clearly. Meditation is listening, sensing, heeding the life and light of Christ. This comes right to the heart of our faith. The life that pleases God is not a set of religious duties; it is to hear His voice and obey His word. Meditation opens the door to this way of living.'

(Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline)

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