In an article that I’ve returned to several times, pastor and writer Eugene Peterson writes about an “aha!” moment that powerfully impacted his spiritual life. He observed his beloved pet dog chewing on and playing with a bone and he made a connection with a passage in Isaiah about a lion and its prey. Peterson writes:
What my dog did over his precious bone, making those low throaty rumbles of pleasure as he gnawed, enjoyed, and savored his prize, Isaiah’s lion did to his prey. The nugget of my delight was noticing the Hebrew word here translated as “growl” (hagah) but usually translated as “meditate,” as in the Psalm 1 phrase describing the blessed man or woman whose “delight is in the law of the LORD,” on which “he meditates day and night” (v. 2).
He goes on to say:
There is a certain kind of writing that invites this kind of reading, soft purrs and low growls as we taste and savor, anticipate and take in the sweet and spicy, mouth-watering and soul-energizing morsel words — “O taste and see that the LORD is good!” (Ps. 34:8). . . . Baron Friedrich von Hugel compared this way of reading to “letting a very slowly dissolving lozenge melt imperceptibly in your mouth.
(You can read the whole article by clicking here.)
Isn’t this a fabulous picture of meditating on Scripture? How can you savor God’s Word today?