Yesterday, I was reading Joshua 1:8 and considered what Scriptures I have been meditating on. Then, as is my habit, I ask myself, “How can I teach this to my children?” I realized that I haven’t talked about meditation with my children, in spite of knowing I need to.
I resolved to read this verse to my children, and ask them what they could meditate on. We discussed it before school. I asked them to read the verse together (Laurel doesn’t read, so she listened), and then I asked them what meditate meant. They suggested a few ideas, thinking and praying and a few other ideas. I asked them if they had heard of the cow illustration (e.g., meditation is like a cow chewing its cud). They said they had heard it, but I could tell the example was confusing to them, probably because thinking the same thing over and over again seems rather pointless. I showed them one way to meditate by turning a verse into a prayer. (Psalm 5 shows how meditating turns into prayer.)
Give ear to my words, O Lord,
Consider my meditation.
2 Give heed to the voice of my cry,
My King and my God,
For to You I will pray. Psalm 5:1-2
Then I asked them why we meditate, and had them look at Joshua 1:8 again to find the answer. They thought it was the good success part, but I told them that good success was a result, but not a reason. The reason we meditate is to help us obey. So we talked about how planning how to obey a verse is a really great way to meditate on it.
Do they not go astray who devise evil?
But mercy and truth belong to those who devise good. Proverbs 14:22
I was excited about this conversation. We didn’t talk about memorization and meditation. Maybe we’ll do that next week. I’d also like to collect some meditation verses for my list. This might be a good search for them.