· 1. To think about (something) with thoroughness and care.
· 2. To reflect or consider with thoroughness and care
If you are an astute listener, you will have heard me use the word “ponder” on numerous occasions since my arrival back in June of 2012. Lest you think, however, that it is merely some speech affectation, let me assure you. It is not. Ponder is a word that speaks to my soul. It is used numerous times in scripture.
Psalm 4:4:“When you are disturbed, do not sin; ponder it on your beds, and be silent.”
Psalm 48:9: “We ponder your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your temple.”
Psalm 64:9: “Then everyone will fear; they will tell what God has brought about, and ponder what he has done.”
Proverbs 15:28: “The mind of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil.”
Isaiah 14:16: “Those who see you will stare at you, and ponder over you: “Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms,…”
Luke 1:29: “But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.”
Luke 2:19: “But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.”
As you can read, it is used in numerous passages and all of them, in one way or another, seem to point to pondering our relationship to God. Maybe you can begin to see why I like the word so much and frequently slip it into conversations. If I tell you I need to ponder some idea or a question that you ask me, don’t assume that I am trying to dismiss the idea or question. I want to give it serious thought and not give you a snap kind of answer. Ponder—it is a small and powerful word.
I pray that all of us would be more eager to ponder the things of God that are revealed to us in Scripture and the experiences of God’s presence that we encounter in our day to day lives. Ponder. You need to try it sometime and don’t be surprised by what might be revealed to you when you do.