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"Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked [following their advice and example],
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit [down to rest] in the seat of [b]scoffers (ridiculers).
But his delight is in the law of the Lord
And on His law [His precepts and teachings] he [habitually] meditates day and night.." (Ps 1:1-2)
"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable and pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my [firm, immovable] rock and my Redeemer." (Ps 19:4)
The true aim of education is to bring out of me, through practice, what has been learned. E.g., the truth of the Bible brought to me, stirs the inner life in me and reproduces itself in trust, love, and adoration.
When the heart has received the Word through the mind and has its spiritual powers exercised, the Word is no longer void but has done what God intended it to do. It has become part of my life and strengthened me for new purpose and effort.
It is in meditation that the heart holds and appropriates the Word and assimilates the truth and makes it part of its own life. Remember that the heart is the will and the affection. The meditation of the heart implies desire, acceptance, surrender, and love. Out of the heart are the issues of life. Whatever the heart truly believes, it receives and allows it to master and rule my life. In meditation, the heart takes the information, and the intellect gathers and feeds on it. Practice meditation until the habit is formed, of yielding my whole heart to every word of God.
This is done by:
1. Presenting myself before God. It is His Word, and it has no power or blessing apart from Him. The Word is meant to bring me into His presence and fellowship. Take the word from God Himself with the assurance that He will make it work in my heart.
2.”Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being,
And in the hidden part [of my heart] You will make me know wisdom," (Ps 51:6)
In meditation, the chief purpose is to appropriate and experience what is read from the Word and have a readiness to believe every promise implacably and to obey every command unhesitatingly.
3. Meditation must lead to prayer to ask for and receive [what has been revealed from the Word] in meek and patient expectation. Let this be my prayer and expectation, that my meditation may be true worship – the living surrender of the heart to God’s Word in His presence.
A babe is someone who surrenders his heart and emotions – ignorance, helplessness, dependence, meekness, teachability, trust, and love – the qualities God seeks in those He teaches (humility).
To receive the Word in the Spirit, I must wait for the Father to reveal its truth in me, by having a childlike attitude, rather than a wise and prudent, head knowledge attitude. God wants to reveal the very things children know they cannot understand.
An ordinary teacher aims to impart knowledge. A true teacher helps the pupil, both mentally and morally, to use his abilities correctly in the pursuit and the application of knowledge.
By accepting my absolute dependence on God and His ability to impart truth to me from the Word, whether read or heard, my heart and emotions are open to receiving – receive as a child does – blessed are the meek, the poor in heart, the hungry – ready to receive. He will reveal His hidden wisdom only when I am childlike. I am born again, therefore a babe. Repent of any self-confident spirit of the wise and prudent and ask for a childlike spirit and believe and receive. This must be a permanent condition, as I am learning from the Holy Spirit continually.
Christ is the living eternal Word which the written words are human expression. Be conscious of Christ’s presence as I read His Word. He is speaking to me – “Learn of Me for I am meek and lowly of heart.” He wants to make me what He is.
Delight to receive all from Christ and to give all to Him. Be nothing before God and men; to wait on God alone; to delight in, to imitate (be being transformed as He fills me), to learn of Christ, the meek and lowly One.