What picture does the word 'meditate' conjure up for you when you hear it?
You may get a chuckle out of the meaning of the word 'meditate' as I did when I looked it up in a commentary. It literally means 'murmur': like a dove, like men lamenting, like a lion growling, like muttered charms. I can just picture and hear each of these! Chuckle! :)
This description takes the 'strangeness' for me out of the practice of meditating...........after all I certainly have murmured, lamented, growled and muttered over lots of other things, so why not the word of God? In fact, I've meditated on verse two in this Psalm by lamenting, 'How can I do that God.........meditate day and night? After all, I've got other things I need to do as well!'
The thought then came to me that my mind tends to do a lot of thinking/worrying and that God wants me to reference every thought right back to His word. Meditating day and night has now become a doable practice as I learn what His word has to say on the issues of life.
Thank You Father God for Your word and for the ability to study it and then 'murmur, lament, growl and mutter' it all day and all night. Help me to remember to do this more and more. Amen