O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. (Ps. 119:97)
We often hear about the need to read and study the word of God, but rarely do we hear about the need to meditate upon it. If we read the word but fail to meditate upon it, we will not receive the proper spiritual nourishment.
If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. (1 Tim. 4:6)
Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. (1 Tim. 4:15)
Our Spiritual Food
The word of God is our spiritual food (Matt. 4:4). We must not only eat the word of God (Jer. 15:16) by reading and studying it, but we must also digest it into our inner man by meditation so that it strengthens us and shapes how we think and live.
Meditation is to the inner man what digestion is to the body. Receiving nourishment from the word of God is a personal responsibility. Thank God for faithful preachers and teachers of the word, but nourishment does not come secondhand by listening to others.
The words “meditate,” and “meditation” are used 20 times in the Bible (mostly in Psalms). Meditation is to think deeply and to dwell upon something to the point it is in our hearts.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. (Ps. 19:14)
Even the world talks about the benefits of meditation. Of course, they meditate on the wrong things which is harmful and a waste of time. We are to meditate upon what is acceptable in God’s sight.
Benefits of Meditation
The Object of Meditation (Phil. 4:8)
- God (Ps. 63:6; 104:33-34; Isa. 26:3)
- God’s word (Ps. 119:15,23,48,78,97,99,148)
- God’s works (Ps. 77:11-12; 143:5)
The Benefits of Meditation
- Good Success (Josh. 1:8)
- Strength and Fruitfulness (Ps. 1:1-3; 1 Tim. 4:15)
- Peace (Isa. 26:3; Phil. 4:6-8)
The Hindrances to Meditation
- Busyness (Lk. 10:38-41)
- Distractions – Internet, TV, radio, and social media
- Laziness – Many today do not want to THINK.
I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands. (Ps. 143:5)
The word “muse” means to think deeply. Today, it seems most people would rather be amused (i.e. not think) than to muse on the things of God. Therefore they do not have a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7) that comes from meditating on the sound words of the scripture (2 Tim. 1:13).
May God help us to set aside some time each day to get alone in a quiet place where we might read, study, and meditate in His Word, and talk with Him in prayer.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Phil. 4:8)
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (Col. 3:16)
David O'Steen has been the pastor of Hope Bible Church in Jackson, GA since 2005. Pastor O'Steen believes that the King James Bible is the inspired and preserved word of God (2 Tim 3:16) and that rightly dividing (2Tim 2:15) is the key to understand the Bible.