Some nights while trying to fall asleep, I struggle to quiet my mind after a busy day. You may be able to relate. Your body is ready for sleep, but your mind isn’t. Frustrating, isn’t it?
It’s times like these that I think about Isaiah 26:3. This process has turned into a sort of sleeping pill. And it works! I concentrate on thinking only about this scripture over and over, and next thing I know the Sandman has come to visit.
The other night I was having one of those nights of tossing and turning. As I was about to pop my “spiritual sleeping pill,” I had the idea to think about each word and savor it slowly like a piece of chocolate. I was so surprised at how amazing each word spoke a 3-second sermon to my weary soul.
You. This word is referring to God. It’s always good to get God on the brain.
Keep. What a comforting word! When I think about keep, I think about when we are purging old, unused items in our house and we ask the question, “Do we toss or keep?” The items we keep are, of course, the ones that are valuable to us. In relating this word to our savoring process, I think God is “keeping” us. He is keeping us close, and safe.
Him. This word refers to us. We know that this promise is specifically for us.
In. This word is a preposition. It is often used in a prepositional phrase such as in the basket, or in the sky. It shows placement. The dictionary actually says it indicates inclusion in a space. So let’s see which area this word is taking us.
Perfect. If any gift is coming from God, we know it is going to be perfect. (James 1:17) I looked this word up in the Greek Lexicon for this verse, and found that it is tied in with the word “peace” directly following it. That means they come as a unit.
Peace. It stems from the root Shalom, from H7999, and means “safety, soundness (in body).” That is perfect, when you’re trying to go to sleep! Peace, indeed!
Whose. A possessive pronoun referring to something we own. What do we possess? See the next word.
Mind. Our minds are going to be involved here. No one else gets to decide what is on our minds, but us.
Is. This is a state of being verb, indicating what is in existence or happening now.
Stayed. Now we get to the action that we do! “Stayed” here means our mind is fixed. Concentrating.
On. This word is a preposition that helps us realize what something is attached to or to is supported by. (i.e. on the table.) What our mind is fixed and concentrating on is attached to something else. In this case, Someone else.
You. God, again! We started with “it’s always good to get God on the brain.” Now we are going to keep God on our brain.
Because. This word lets us know that there is a reason coming. What is going to catapult our promise into place?
He. “He” is referring to us again. It’s a heads up that we have another part to play in the process.
Trusts. Not only do we choose to concentrate on thinking about God, but choose to trust Him. The weights that have been keeping us awake, or causing that feeling of unrest, come back to mind. Oh, yeah, this is why we started meditating on this verse! It’s at this moment that the choice comes in to trust God.
In. Remember this word shows placement, and it indicates inclusion in a space. So let’s see which area this word is taking us.
You. God is who we trust in. Not our circumstances, problems, stresses, other people, money, jobs, possessions, or anything else. Just. God.
The next time you are tossing and turning because problems are plaguing your mind, try this! During the day, when you realize you have been worried, think through the words in this verse. Slowly. Let them savor. Let God minister life and peace to your heart through His word.
What other scriptures can we apply the process of meditating word for word?
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