2 Corinthians 4:13, “I believed and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak.”
Today we look at the last of our twenty points that reveal how the Word of God builds us up. How powerful are God’s Words. They are alive and active. They have the power to change our lives, make us overcome and enable us to walk in victory in our day to day lives.
18. Meditate Up
Joshua 1:8 says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” We talked last week about how the Scriptures will make us wise. The margin in my Bible translates “have good success” as “you will do wisely.”
The word ‘meditate’ in the Hebrew is hagah and has three meanings:
To meditate (to ponder and think on)
To mutter (mutter the Word to yourself)
To speak out loud. Obviously this helps meditation. It is thought that in Bible times they read the Scriptures audibly during times of meditation.
Notice these Scriptures where the word hagah is used:
Psalm 35:28, “My tongue shall speak (hagah) of thy righteousness and of thy praise al the day long.”
Psalm 37:30, “The mouth of the righteous speaketh (hagah) wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.”
Psalm 71:24, “My tongue also shall talk (hagah) of thy righteousness all the day long.”
I am sure that speaking the Scriptures out loud helps us to gain more understanding. Of course, the same word also speaks of taking time to meditate and study such as…
Psalm 1:2, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
Psalm 119:97, “O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day.”
Psalm 119:99, “I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.”
Proverbs 1`5:28, “The heart of the righteous studieth to answer.”
You will find that you will get the most out of the Word of God when you take time to think about it and meditate upon it. I find that I get more understanding as I write it down. That’s why I keep a daily journal. I look for the Scripture that most speaks to me in my daily reading. I then write it down and write what I feel God is saying to me.
19. Praise and Rejoice Up
Are you feeling down and depressed? There is nothing like the Word to lift you up and put strength back into your soul. Are you in a complaining state? The Word will get you rejoicing again. Guaranteed! Unless you do not receive it!
Psalm 119:111 says, “Thy testimonies have I taken as a heritage forever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.”
Psalm 119:162, “I rejoice at thy Word, as one that findeth great spoil.”
Psalm 119:164, “Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.”
Psalm 119:171, “My lips shall utter praise when thou hast taught me thy statutes.”
20. Speak Up
We get the Word of God into our heart by meditating upon it. But we have to get it from our heart to our mouth! Romans 10:8 says, “The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart…” The word must become our confession. This is how we are born again. By believing in our heart that Jesus died and rose from the dead, and then confessing that Jesus is our Lord. Read Romans 10:9-10 again. This is how we start the Christian life and this is how we continue. As we read and meditate we believe and then we speak what we believe! Our Christian walk is a continual confession! Unless we confess what we believe, we can doubt the validity of what we believe.
Paul quoted from Psalm 116:10 when he affirmed, “I believed, therefore have I spoken.” (2 Corinthians 4:13) Make it a habit to speak what you believe. Speak it to everyone who will listen. Your faith will grow. You will become stronger in the Lord. And the truth will spread.
I love Psalm 8:2, “Out of the mouth of babes and suckling hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightiest still the enemy and the avenger.” The enemy is defeated by words! If adults won’t speak them, God will raise up children to do so!
I love the quote from E. W. Boeham, “When God sees that in this poor old world a wrong needs righting or a truth needs preaching, or a benefit needs inventing He sends a baby into the world to do it.”
Psalm 119:46, “I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.”
Psalm 119:172, “My tongue shall speak of thy Word for all thy commandments are righteousness.”
Psalm 68:11, “The Lord gives the command; the women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host.”
Love from NANCY CAMPBELL
Above Rubies, www.aboverubies.org
“”Lord, I believe your Word. Anoint me to speak it to my children and to everyone I meet.”
I believe; therefore I speak!
P.S. Did you receive the email devotions about Training Your Children to Speak? If not, you can go to the web page, www.aboverubies.org and go to Devotional Archives. There you will find, Training Your Children to Speak, Parts 1, 2 and 3.
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