RECEIVING A WORD FROM THE LORD
Psa. 1:1-3 ¶ Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Everyone loves to receive a word from the Lord. It is something that just reassures us of God’s love and guidance in our lives. The Bible says faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word. That phrase is describing faith that comes from receiving a word from the Lord. Dick Mills has been used in this arena for many years, the arena of the prophetic word. Here is something Brother Mills wrote about meditation which is closely related to hearing the voice of God.
“meditates- Hagah To reflect; to moan, to mutter, to ponder, to make a quiet sound such as sighing; to meditate or contemplate something as one repeats the words. Hagah represents something quite different from the English meditation, which may be a mental exercise only. In Hebrew thought, to meditate upon the scriptures is to quietly repeat them in a soft, droning sound, while utterly abandoning outside distractions. From this tradition comes a specialized type of Jewish prayer called “davening”, that is, of reciting texts, praying intense prayers, or getting lost in communion with God while bowing or rocking back and forth. Evidently this dynamic form of meditation-prayer goes back to David’s time.”
This definition of the Biblical meaning of meditation is quite enlightening. When we begin to develop a habit or discipline of meditating on God’s word in this way, it puts us in a powerful position to receive from the Lord. As we ponder the scripture it actually becomes part of our lives, that word then becomes a tool in the hand of the Holy Spirit. He will take scripture that we have taken into our lives and breathe His life upon them at specific times. He will use these scriptures to speak to us a critical times in our lives.
One of these time for me happened during the evacuation for Katrina in 2005. We were all so traumatized by the situation, it seemed as if we would have perished without the help of the Lord. I’ll never forget how the Lord met me with His word during that time. I was worried about provision for my family and the families of our staff when the word of the Lord came to me. He flooded me with scriptures I had taught on over the years. Scriptures like, “Give and it shall be given to you”, and “he that gives to the poor lends to the Lord”. Words that seem relatively insignificant can take on incredible power when breathed on by the Lord. The years of meditating on those promises of sewing and reaping brought peace and confidence into my heart by the breath of the Holy Spirit.