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The Church's Greatest Need In This Hour
 
"...What men love, persons or things, they often think of, and frequently talk of." - John Gill's Exposition Of The Entire Bible
"What we love we love to think of..." - Matthew Henry
 
"God's words ought to be very much the subject of our thoughts."
"To meditate in God's Word is to discourse with ourselves concerning the great things contained in it, with a close application of mind, a fixedness of thought, till we be suitably affected with these things and experience the savour and power of them in our hearts."
"Divine meditation is a very sweet duty to all that are sanctified..."
- all of the above quotes are from Matthew Henry
 
"No spiritual exercise is more profitable to the soul than that of devout meditation; why are so many of us so exceeding slack in it?"
"Those who feed upon the Word grow strong and peaceful, and are by God's grace hidden from the strife of tongues."
"Meditation is the soul of religion(Christianity). It is the tree of life in the midst of the garden of piety, and very refreshing is its fruit to the soul which feeds thereon."
"Disciples of Christ who sit at His feet are often better skilled in divine things than doctors of divinity."
- all of the above quotes are from Charles Spurgeon
 
What is the Church's greatest need in this hour? We find the answer to this particular question in both the Old and New Testaments.
 
Psalm 119:99 says - "I have more understanding than all my teachers: for Thy testimonies are my meditation."
2 Timothy 2:7 says - "Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things."
 
Both of these Scriptures deal with the effect of studying God's Word which is the enlarging of one's  understanding. 
 
What the Psalmist and the Apostle Paul both implied was that the meditation of God's Word brought a greater measure of "understanding" - "more understanding" or "understanding in all things." Most - if not all - would have to agree that what the Church needs more than anything else in this day and hour is the enlarging of her understanding "in all things" pertaining to this life and the life to come.
 
In Proverbs we find the following verses dealing with the acquisition of wisdom and understanding - 
 
Proverbs 3:3-4 says - "Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man."
Proverbs 3:13 says - "Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding."
Proverbs 4:5 & 7 says - "Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth...Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding."
Proverbs 7:3-4 says - "Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart. Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman."
Proverbs 8:5 says - "O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart."
 
Most Christians would agree that it is wisdom and understanding that they need more than anything else. Yet they do not want to "pay the price" of "meditating" in God's Word in order to get it. The Apostle Paul specifically stated that it is the Lord Who gives "understanding in all things," and He happens to give it to all those who will take the time to meditate in His precepts.  So many today can quote the Scriptures and even have a head knowledge of the Bible, but when it comes to the personal appropriation of the Biblical truths to their personal walk, they come short each time.
 
So many Scriptures mention the art of meditating on the Bible verses -
 
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." 
Psalm 1:2 says - "But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law doth he meditate day and night."
Psalm 63:6 says - "When I remember Thee upon my bed, and meditate on Thee in the night watches."
Psalm 119:15 says - "I will meditate in Thy precepts, and have respect unto Thy ways. "
Psalm 119:23 says - "Princes also did sit and speak against me: but Thy servant did meditate in Thy statutes."
Psalm 119:48 says - "My hands also will I lift up unto Thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in Thy statutes."
Psalm 119:78 says - "Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in Thy precepts."
Psalm 119:97 says - "O how love I Thy law! it is my meditation all the day."
Psalm 119:148 says - "Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in Thy word."
1 Timothy 4:15 says - "Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all."  
 
Before Joshua embarked on his new mission for God, he was instructed to have the Word of God ready in him upon all occasions. This would require that he read it, frequently repeat it, speak of it, and refresh his memory with it.
 
David made the Word of God - "the man of his right hand"(Psalm 80:17) - that is, his companion and hourly guide. He diligently and constantly thought on it, endeavored to understand its meaning, reflected on it, and kept it before his mind. His thoughts about God were not transient but abiding - those that dwelt in his mind.  
 
The Psalmist found himself loving the Word of God more because he meditated on it. He kept his mind saturated with it. He made it the frequent subject of rumination. He read it, then digested what he read in his thoughts. So full was he of it. 
 
He gave himself up to holy studies and contemplations. He treasured up the Word. He engaged in it - not allowing any opposition to distract him from this duty. He made it his chief employment. He meditated in it because he loved it. He loved it more because he meditated in it. He simply could not get enough of it. It was meat and drink to him. He preferred the study of it to sleep. He talked of it, delighted in it, attended to it, and turned it over frequently in his mind. He allowed it to wholly engross him. He devoted his time, attention, and talents to this grand aim of living.
 
Paul instructed Timothy to seriously consider and reflect upon the Scriptures. Read them with care and industriously and laboriously search into them as men dig in mines for silver or gold ore.
 
Joshua, David, the Psalmist, Paul, and Timothy were after the prize. What was it? Having understanding in all things. This entailed having more than a bare knowledge of facts. It included having a greater insight into matters of life which ultimately brought prosperity and good success.  
                                                                                                                           
In Colossians 3:16, the Apostle Paul gave this admonition to the church at Colosse - "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." In other words, they were to allow the Word to make its home in their heart. They were to be immersed in  it - letting it fill and govern their whole soul. 
  
"No spiritual exercise is more profitable to the soul than that of devout meditation; why are so many of us so exceeding slack in it?"
"Those who feed upon the Word grow strong and peaceful..."
"Disciples of Christ who sit at His feet are often better skilled in divine things than doctors of divinity."
 
Meditation in God's Word is a lost art in the Church today. So many are plagued with  superficiality when it comes to the things of God. There is a need for "deep people" - people of understanding - who have understanding "in all things."
 
God is calling you to a deeper walk with Him. He does not want you to be full of facts concerning His Word and ways. He wants you to  "have an understanding."  
 
Make God's Word the subject of your thoughts. Discourse with yourselves concerning its great topics. Then make a close application of it until you are suitably affected by and experience its power in your life.
 
Whatever you do, refuse to fall into the mold of the world and the devil to make you a superficial Christian - one who is only shallow, surface, or skin-deep. More than anything, they fear a Christian "who knows what he's talking about" - one who is truly walking with God.
 
May God Bless His Word.
Connie