Meditation

Psalm 1:2

What is meditation? I know that there is many alternatives and teaching nowadays about contemplation and ways to do it best, but what meditation consists on, really?

Meditation according to psalm 1 is the way we work out what we believe. The living out of our belief, the process of ingestion, digestion and practice in everyday living of our faith. 

From Psalm 1 we see that the secret to happiness rests upon the practice of meditation – our reasoning, our thinking, for as a man thinks so he is. 

The writer in psalm 1 is saying to us that if we want to be happy we must observe our walk, we must examine our standing and we must survey our seating. 

It’s the stopping and thinking about who and what are we listening to.  It’s the reflecting on where and who are we hanging out with and in who’s counsel are we seating under.  

It’s a thorough observation of our ways of thinking, feeling and acting.  It’s examining the views we have about life, the principles and convictions we hold and live by. We do this by keeping the Scripture as a mirror in front of all that reflection, we wrestle with scripture, we question it, we debate with and we wait to hear from God. 

Any good relationship pertains to some sort of wrestling with each other to find meaning and understanding together.  Our relationship with God is similar. We bring all our thoughts, feelings and actions before him in the form of prayers, complains, songs, confessions and thanksgiving and wait on him to answer, he always does. 

We come to God through faith and in grace, not forced and obliged ( for no relationship can stand by the use of force or religious obligation), 

We enter his presence though the work of our Lord Jesus an bask there.  We come as we are, and he shows himself as he is. 

( Scripture references Proverbs 23:7, Joshua 1:8, Psalm 119:99) 

Man search for happiness​

Happy, Deep joy

What does it take to make you happy my friend? Why it is so hard to stay happy? 

Is happiness even possible? I mean the greatest literature, the best-selling books, poetry and stories are in the drama and tragedy category. Storie of life that tell of disappointments and letdowns.  

Well, the good news is that the book of Psalms, right from the beginning (Gateway Psalm 1) starts with the word happy- blessed… 

I have come to understand that the scripture is simple, clean, practical, plain, direct and  it’s saying to us today that Happiness is possible, and that being blessed is available to us all. 

From the very start, we are put between two alternatives, we have two people that follow different paths and arrive in two different destinations.

It doesn’t matter how many choices are made available to us in the end it’s always between two, these two. The ways of someone who follows God and someone who doesn’t. 

The first thing that we learn about happiness is that happiness does not depend on life’s circumstances. 

Real, enduring and timeless happiness or joy is a byproduct of something else. Happiness is an inside job. That’s why when we seek to get it from the outside we don’t find it, or worse we think we have found it only to lose it shortly. 

We learn here that: Happiness is a byproduct of our relationship with God, the creatour and who I am in light of that. 

Happiness is inside me it’s how I see life. 

I am sure you too have heard many stories of people that are put in similar circumstances, same time of history, same place yet the response coming from each of them to that same situation is different. Why?

Two men looked from the small window inside the prison bars, one saw mud the other stars. 

So, that deep joy that a lot of peole seem to have it’s not what happens to us, but who we are when life happens. 

I agree that this is a very different view on happiness, but it’s true, it’s surprising, it’s unique, it’s fresh and new, profound and simple. 

Let’s ponder on that today. 

“Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product…” Eleanor Roosevelt

( Scripture References Psalm 1:1, Matthew 5 AMP

My Shameless Hope; My Confident Assurance; My Unending Love

Walking through Psalms 

 A devotion

I wonder how are you feeling today friend? What words will you use to describe the state you are in right now? Would it be sad, happy, joyful, hopeless, confused, fearful, hesitant, angry, vague..or just, ok? 

What if I told you that there is a book that offers understanding, guidance and insights for every spiritual, social and sentimental condition we might be. 

What if I told you that this book shows the real fountain of happiness and guides us through dangers of life like no other book does. This book helps as a good mentor to simplify the ways we connect to God and do it with sincerity and vulnerability. 

Through the teachings of this book, our minds, our hearts and our wills will get renewed, strengthen and encouraged. 

It is a book that speaks of every situation in our lives and let us see God as he is, not in an airy-fairy-scary way, not in a box that we human tend to put him,  but as he chooses to reveal himself to us. 

Is a book that we can recite, read, sing, pray and meditate time and time again and we will never exhaust it, but more importantly, is a book that points to Jesus and the hope and abundance he offers to all people with every page. 

I am talking about the book of Psalms and I, enthusiastically am inviting you to journey together through this remarkable book.

The book of psalms is a definite philosophy that teaches a way of life, it’s poetic and expressive ( different from the other books in the Bible that can be historical, prophetic etc) 

My desire is that we will read one psalm a day and meditate on it. Stop in different verses and sentences and ask questions how this passage helps us to see God, ourselves and the world we live in. 

So let’s grab a good ballpoint pen and a good thick notebook and our Bibles ( although many of us use the digital one now 😊) and start our journey.  

I would like to walk alongside you during this online devotion ( here in my blog site and on video via my social media accounds) and love to see where God through the Holy Spirit steers us and opens our eyes to see wonderful things in his Word.  

I can’t wait to meet you in the pages of each psalm. 

Joyfully Lea xx