God Welcomes “U Turns.”

 

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly (Wicked), nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law he meditates (ponders by talking to himself) day and night. Psalm 1:1,2.

The influence we allow others to have over us determines in a big way our spiritual destiny. The walks-stands-sits give a hint in that initially we allow influence that result from turning our attention in a wrong direction. Blessed are we when we make a “U Turn” back to our Lord.

Meditates, hagah– Strong’s # 1897.  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 is unlike our English “Meditation,” which is placid and a mental exercise or the Eastern meditation which demands an empting of one’s mind (doorway for the demonic). 

Hebrews practice this way of quietly repeating Scriptures in a soft, droning sound, while focusing totally on the words. From this tradition comes the specialized type of Jewish prayer called “davening,” that is reciting texts, praying intense prayers, or getting lost in communion with God while bowing or rocking back and forth.

This type of meditation-prayer goes back to King David’s time.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Shelly
    Nov 23, 2012 @ 15:32:51

    Amen for u-turns! God is so gracious to us when we turn to Him.

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  2. Chris
    Nov 24, 2012 @ 02:35:19

    Psalm 1 is one of my favorites. It is so true that the influence we allow others to have over us may determine our spiritual destiny. Our God’s unconditional love is accepting of our U-turns when we are wrongly influenced.

    Thanks for another instructive word study, Manny.

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