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Meditating Day And Night

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8 (NKJV)

God gave Joshua clear guidance and instruction with regard to His Word, it was not to depart from his mouth and he was to “meditate” upon it day and night (Josh. 1:8).  God knew His word would guide Joshua and provide him with ample wisdom.  He knew it would help protect Joshua and His people, and it would ultimately give them great peace of mind.  The great thing about this is it will do the same for us, but it is important for us to know it is not enough to just read, recite, or memorize the scriptures; we must meditate upon them and then apply them.

Q:         So what does it mean to “meditate” according to the Bible? 

First of all we need to understand biblical meditation differs from other forms of popular meditation these days such as transcendental meditation (T.M.), as these forms of meditation mainly focus on one’s self.  

When we practice biblical meditation we will instead focus our thoughts on Jesus and His teachings.  Biblical meditation is not about our getting into a trance — it’s getting into deep thought about God’s Word.   It is when we think about its truth, what it implies, and how we can implement it.   It is simply our rational thinking about God’s Word.

When we look at God’s word, it should be to seek His truth.  We should be continually studying it daily — looking at it from every vantage point.   We shouldn’t become satisfied with just intellectualizing it; we should have a desire to find ways to work it into our life.  This is a deep thought process and it doesn’t mean it will be easy.  In fact it can be anguishing as we wrestle through the process of practicing God’s truth versus choosing our own fleshly desires to do the opposite.

The two principal words for meditate in the Bible simply mean “to mutter,” and “to speak to one’s self.”  It can never be enough to simply think about the scriptures, because when we do this we can be prone to have our minds wander.  So to meditate literally means to speak God’s Word out verbally.  We can do this by quoting the scriptures audibly and talking to others continuously about them.

Q:         So how can we use Christian biblical meditation to help us?  How does it work in a practical way for us? 

Let’s take a look at God’s word to see what He says.  Paul told Timothy to meditate on the Scriptures, and to give himself entirely to them so his progress may be evident to all (1 Timothy 4:15).  We can see a foundational outline of the things every Christian should be meditating on as recorded in Philippians.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to think of God’s word as an owner’s manual for life.  It will address just about every situation we will face and it will guide us through the valleys we walk.   When we find ourselves lacking peace or wisdom, let’s choose to seek God through prayer and the reading of His word. Let’s make God’s ways our way in every aspect of our life.  As we are faithful to do this, others will see we are different.  Not only is this a true witness for Christ; it will be a blessing for us.

STUDY QUESTION: What advice and guarantee did God give Joshua as recorded in Joshua 1:8?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to meditate upon God’s Word instead of simply reading it?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Take some time each day to meditate upon His Word.  Study it deeply, giving extra time to contemplating how your following it will affect your life.  Now apply it and watch what happens.

LET’S MAKE THIS OUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for giving me Your Word to study.  Help me today to meditate upon it.  Write it upon my heart and my mind. Help me to remember it, and allow me to continually speak of it boldly.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott



Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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