We are living in such a tag line society these days. What I mean by that is that the average attention span seems to be a matter of minutes or even seconds. Capture me instantly or I will move onto something else.
While having dinner with a friend the other night, we were discussing what we believed could be some serious consequences of this new generational thought. Even in the Christian world we are getting caught up in the one-minute Bible studies, short snippets of messages sent to your cell phone, and very "culture relevant" devotionals that seem to leave God out and pop culture has become the main topic. Please don't get me wrong, I am a huge technology guy and I love the way God can be glorified in numerous ways through this media. But it concerns me that we are falling into the trap of the world and simplifying the message of the gospel to fit our hectic lifestyles. There is a place in our Christian walk for reading a quick tweet or a short message from a Facebook status update. I subscribe to a few myself and get snippets of God's word numerous times throughout the day and enjoy it very much.
So how does all this fit into what the Bible says about our responsibility to seek Him? Psalm 1:2 tells us that a man's delight is in the law of the Lord and he meditates on it day and night. When I read a verse like this a couple things come to mind for me. First, what does it mean for me to delight in the law of the Lord? And second, define meditate.
Psa 37:4 Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. (nasb)
To delight in something means to find extreme satisfaction in a certain person or thing. Imagine if you will for a moment a place that you have been in your life that was beyond words. I can remember a time when I was around 16 years old and I went to Hawaii. As we were flying high over the little island of Maui I remember the vivid colors of the ocean and the amazing hills that seemed to be never ending. The sky was crystal clear and I really thought as I gazed upon His glory that I could see forever. I was in total amazement of God's creation and was completely delighted to be there at that moment. Shear delight in fact!
God tells us that when we delight in Him he will give us the desires of our heart. When we find our complete satisfaction in Jesus rather than a football game on TV or a mystery novel, He will fill us more than we could ever imagine. But in order to delight in Christ we need to change how we live. Put the remote on the shelf, slow down our hectic lives filled with movies, and entertainment, and a whole lot of nothing and begin taking time to meditate on His law.
Psa 119:97 O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. (nasb)
Time after time the Bible tells us to meditate day and night on the Word of God. This means to focus our complete attention on Him and study and contemplate over the truths we hear and learn. We meditate on this great Book so we can can be careful to do all that is written in it. When we live by the power of the Holy Spirit and meditate on the Word of God we will be fulfilled. It is a simple equation really. Delight in the Lord, meditate on His word day and night, do all that is written in it, and our way will be prosperous and we will have success... (That is an entire writing in and of itself...)
Jos 1:8 "This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. (nasb)
Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
So, where are you at today? Are you finding the Word of God a delight to your soul? Do you meditate on it day and night or are you satisfied with a little tweet here and there in you life? I encourage you today to develop a plan to dive into the Word of God. When you open up and discover the amazing truths that He affords us, I promise you, it will delight your heart and your soul...
Lord, help me to find all of my pleasure in you. Give me the commitment and desire to seek you before I turn on the television or fill my time with many of the other distractions that I have placed around me. I want my delight to be in you and your Word.