A weekly devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
Multi-tasking is a necessary skill in some areas of life but it can also prove to be extremely dangerous. What happens when we attempt to text and drive or even worse multi-task while having our devotions? Not only do we walk away from God’s word feeling as if we didn’t receive anything, but within minutes we have trouble remembering what we even read.
Psalm 1 sets the tone for the entire book of Psalms by telling us that the individual who loves God “…delights in the law of God and on His law he meditates day and night.” Our highest pleasure is to be found in listening to and obeying the written word of God. But for that to happen, we must meditate and think upon what we have read. The Hebrew words rendered meditate, isn’t a reference to adopting the lotus position, but having scripture run through our thoughts without interruption. The term brings to mind the sound of a dove that moans or makes a continuous low cooing noise.
To delight in God requires that we do more than just read the Bible but learn to take a phrase or concept from our reading and consciously seek to keep it before us throughout the day. Perhaps Thomas Watson was on to something when he said, “The reason we come away so cold from reading the Word is because we do not warm ourselves at the fire of meditation.”