Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Medi(c)ate



“Psalm one, verses one through six,” the girl began, just like every other student before and after her. “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” I had listened to twenty-three of my twenty-five students as they quoted this Scripture memory. Some said it quickly, as though there was a race between getting it out of their mouth, and the verses leaving their head. Others said it haltingly, ending with reasons for lack of study.

She however, continued like this, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in that law doeth he medicate day and night.” Yes, medicate. When I first noticed this cute little slip-up, that was all that I thought it was. I thought about posting it on my blog because of its cute nature. However, as the week went on, that phrase stuck with me. “And in that law doeth he medicate day and night.” Yes, I know the correct word is meditate, but that student’s words inspired me to do just that. I have been meditating for the past two weeks about being medicated by the law of God.

Why do we take medicine? When we know that a virus is going around, we take medicine to prevent us from getting it. When we have aches and pains, we take medicine to soothe and to comfort. When we become ill or infected, we take medicine to heal our bodies. When we are tired and weary, we take medicine to give us energy.
In much the same way, my Savior’s law is a medicine to my soul.

There is a deadly virus all around us. We were all born as sinners. Sin is a deadly disease. Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The medicine of the Scripture tells us how to be healed. It says, in that verse so many of us memorized in Sunday School, “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him might be saved,” and “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” The law of God heals my soul.

The law of God keeps me from becoming ill again. As I read it, it encourages me that “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.” This medicine will not fail. It is one hundred percent tested and true! The grace of God can keep me from ever being sin-sick again!

Yes, the Word of God also soothes and comforts those aches and pains. When I watched my best friend die in a tragic accident a few days before my 12th birthday, Jesus soothed the aching, broken heart of a young girl. When I am all alone and feel as though no one can understand, the Scripture tells me that I have a Friend who is closer than any brother. When my heart is hurt because of choices my students make, the Lord comforts me.

When I am tired of the battles in life and I am too weary to go on, I medicate myself in the law of the Lord. It energizes me so that I can “Run and not be weary, walk and not faint.”

A student’s simple mistake equaled a lesson for me. Yes, it sounded cute, but the more I meditated, the more serious it became to me. The law of the Lord is a medicine, for the weary, the soul-sick, the hurting, and the normal everyday people in this world. I choose to medicate myself in the law of the Lord day and night.


3 comments:

  1. You're an official pie princess of pie week!

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  2. Interesting perspective. I was fascinated to read this post. The medicine analogy was incredibly powerful.

    A wonderful site you have here. Thank you for sharing your wonderful insights.

    -Francesca

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  3. Wow! Thanks for this reminder. I am actually in need of some of God's "medication" right now. Great post!

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