Part 6 of 7
By Pastor Dave
The fourth way brokenness can come is in the stillness and quietness of our thoughts or as some may put it “our meditation on him and his word.” As the Psalmist put it Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14). I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation (Psalm 119:99). When we think and meditate on God, if brokenness has not come, it will.
We live in such a busy world clamoring for our attention. This clamor actually can keep us from God even though we are in business for God. We are afraid to be alone in our thoughts. God’s word says Be still, and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10). In this time of stillness and meditation, his presence and glory is magnified. That is why Philippians 4:8 says Think on these things. There is power in the scripture and we must not only memorize it, but mediate on it. A formal plan of meditation I learned looks like this:
Memorize – know the verse and reference by heart
Analyze – know what the word means and its content
Visualize – take this heavenly truth and give it an earthly parallel like the parables
Personalize – put your name in the verse and put it in the first person
Utilize – apply it to your life, live it, and make it a part of your actions
On a less formal level, take time to think about God. Stop. Ponder. Take walks, get away alone for short and extended periods of time. Think about God, his majesty, his person, his love, his works, and you will be emptied out and become broken so God will fill you and make you useable for him.
To be continued ………………..