A Christian’s toolbox contains four powerful tools:
prayer, Bible study, fasting and meditation.
A Hebrew word for “meditates” creates a surprising word picture!
A “blessed” man or woman meditates in God’s law day and night (Psalm 1:2). The Hebrew word for “meditates” here is hagah.
Vine’s says it appears 25 times in the Old Testament and one of its meanings is “expresses the growl of lions.” [Treat yourself and enhance this experience by googling “Videos of MGM Lion Roar” and play the 16 second 3-roar one!].
God is giving us a fitting word picture that amazingly describes meditation. We are to meditate like a lion!
What does that mean? Ever see a lion posing in deep thought like Rodin’s “Thinker”? Me neither! But here’s what can we learn from a lion about meditation:
- A lion kills an animal and intends to devour it.He sets a good example for us by always preying before eating! He is passionate about his lunch!
We want to be that way about God’s Word, and praying before Bible study and meditation will improve digestion. We are what we eat, and we want God’s Word and Way to become part of our very being.
The lion eats the flesh and innards. When he gets down to just the bones, the lion snaps them with his powerful jaws and eats them and the marrow! The lion completely devours his prey!
We should rip a verse apart! Get every morsel off the bone. Completely devour it! Labor in the Word!
- Each day the lion “chews on” the dead carcass a little more. He guards it night and day.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall mediate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8).
“Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!” (Romans 11:3). God has written such richness and depth into the scriptures. We may need to spend several days searching out just one verse, thought or question.
God wants us to “magnify His law” (Isaiah 42:21). Like looking at something through a magnifying lens, you look at something and see so many additional facets of it appear right before your eyes!
We’ve all had the experience of going back over a scripture we have been over so many times before and suddenly seeing whole new meaning in it!
“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings (us in Christ’s millennium—Revelation 1:6, 20:4) is to search out a matter” (Proverbs 25:2). Meditation is a way to thoroughly dig into a scripture and find all the meaning possible.
- When other scavengers come to try to help themselves, the lion roars and warns them away! For Christians, the chief scavenger to resist through effective meditation is Satan the Devil who is a roaring lion himself (1 Peter 5:8). Satan wants to devour—not a scripture but you! In the Lord’s model prayer, Jesus instructs us to pray for deliverance from evil (the evil one).
So hagah (“the roar of a lion”) is a beautiful word picture of meditation.
- We should be passionate about God’s Word and completely devour it!
- We should ponder it and chew on it day and night.
- We should roar away Satan the roaring lion
Let’s meditate: like a lion! Hagah!
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