Fruits of the Chew

Fruits of the Chew

Pastor Don Carpenter

Chew Your Cud / Psalm 119:11; Psalm 119:97–98; Psalm 48:9–10; Psalm 63:5–6; Psalm 104:33–35; Psalm 119:97

Results of meditation

Nelson’s Complete Book of Stories, Illustrations & Quotes J. I. Packer

J. I. Packer writes in his classic Knowing God: “How can we turn our knowledge about God into knowledge of God? The rule for doing this is demanding, but simple. It is that we turn each truth that we learn about God into matter for meditation before God, leading to prayer and praise to God.”

He adds, “Meditation is a lost art today, and Christian people suffer grievously from their ignorance of the practice. Meditation is the activity of calling to mind, and thinking over, and dwelling on, and applying to oneself, the various things that one knows about the works and ways and purposes and promises of God. It is an activity of holy thought, consciously performed in the presence of God, under the eye of God, by the help of God, as a means of communion with God. Its purpose is to clear one’s mental and spiritual vision of God, and to let His truth make its full and proper impact on one’s mind and heart. It is a matter of talking to oneself about God and oneself; it is, indeed, often a matter of arguing with oneself, reasoning oneself out of moods of doubt and unbelief into a clear apprehension of God’s power and grace. Its effect is ever to humble us, as we contemplate God’s greatness and glory, and our own littleness and sinfulness, and to encourage and reassure us—‘comfort’ us in the old, strong Bible sense of the word—as we contemplate the unsearchable riches of divine mercy displayed in the Lord Jesus Christ.”

As we finish our series on meditation “Chew Your Cud”, we are going to take a Biblical journey and reflect on some powerful benefits we reap when we practice Biblical Meditation. We are going to discover the “Fruits of the Chew”.

Meditation Gives The Believer Power Against Temptation and Deception.

Psalm 119:11 KJV

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, That I might not sin against thee.

1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

2 Corinthians 10:4–5 KJV

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Meditation Gives The Believer More Wisdom Than His Enemies.

Psalm 119:97–98 KJV

MEM. O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day. 

Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: For they are ever with me.

Ephesians 4:14 KJV

That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Psalm 119:105 KJV

NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, And a light unto my path.

James 1:25 KJV

But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Meditation Enhances Praise and Worship

Psalm 48:9–10 KJV

We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, In the midst of thy temple. 

According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: Thy right hand is full of righteousness.

Psalm 104:33–34 KJV

I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. 

My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.

Psalm 119:15–16 KJV

I will meditate in thy precepts, And have respect unto thy ways. 

I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

Meditation Brings The Believer Satisfaction and Contentment.

Psalm 63:5–6 KJV

My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; And my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: 

When I remember thee upon my bed, And meditate on thee in the night watches.

1 Timothy 6:6 KJV

But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Romans 8:31–39 KJV

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 

He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 

Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. 

Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 

As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Nelson’s Complete Book of Stories, Illustrations & Quotes Someone Once Said …

Meditation is the skeleton key that unlocks the greatest storeroom in the house of God’s provisions for the Christian.—from “A Primer on Meditation”

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