There is a big difference! Eating is just getting food into your mouth and swallowing it. Chewing on the other hand, is to crush, grind or even gnaw your food with your teeth. One is more nourishing than the other. How well do we chew God’s food? A quick read is an eat but to chew it, we must ponder or think on it.
How well God must like you—you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon, you don’t slink along Dead-End Road, you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College. Instead you thrill to God’s Word, you chew on Scripture day and night. (Psalm 1:1-3, MSG)
These are the words in my mouth; these are what I chew on and pray. Accept them when I place them on the morning altar, O God. (From Psalm 19:14, MSG)
Listen, dear friends, bend your ears to what I tell you. I’m chewing on the morsel of a proverb; I’ll let you in on the sweet old truths, Stories we heard from our fathers, counsel we learned at our mother’s knee. We’re not keeping this to ourselves, we’re passing it along to the next generation— God’s fame and fortune, the marvelous things he has done. (Psalm 78:1-4, MSG)
Do you see what this means, friends? When we pay deep attention to God’s word, we bury them deep in our hearts. We can share them back to God and share them with others who don’t know the deepness of God.
Chew on, friends. Chew on.
Prayer-Father we want to be one of your righteous, chewing on wisdom like a dog on a bone, with our hearts pumping your Word, like blood through our veins. Please and thank you. Amen.