One of the ways to meditate on scripture is to find a way of restating the text as you understand it without repeating the text. Whereas there is the possibility exegetical error in doing this, it still should not stop us from the benefiting from the value of ruminating and mining the text for meaning using this method.
For today’s Wednesday’s Word for Worship I am posting an example of my mental restatement of 1 Chronicles 16: 25-30 as I thought through it last week. May it in some way serve to prompt you in this manner of meditation or (if you already do this) may my thoughts somehow bless you.
1 Chronicles 16: 25-30
25 For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
God is so amazing! He is the only existence most deserving to be elevated with recognition
he is to be feared above all gods.
Nothing or no one I fear should ever eclipse or parallel the fear or reverence I have for the Lord.
26 For all the gods of the nations are idols,
-If we think about it, if we fear those in charge (or anyone) more than God, we make them idols.
-Where is my security… Cops or Christ? Government or God? Mitt or Mighty God? Barack or Blessed Redeemer?
but the Lord made the heavens.
But the one who is in Charge, God himself, made all that is in the sky! #Awesome
27 Splendor and majesty are before him;
I mean, all that is in his presence is just amazingly, richly gorgeous in color and arrangement and movement…
strength and joy are in his dwelling place.
Where he is, is so established, so solid and so fun!
28 Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations,
Let us attribute (are all of you listening?)..
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Let us attribute to God utmost magnificence and ability
29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
Let us attribute to Him the distinction, praise and honor he deserves.
bring an offering and come before him.
Let God have a portion of what he has given you to thank Him for his kindness as you pray
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his[e] holiness.
Concentrate on who he is and what you aren’t as you are whelmed by his otherness
30 Tremble before him, all the earth!
Let his presence unnerve you
The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.
God is still in control….