Meditate on the Word

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  Romans 12:1-2 (NIV 1984)

January 5 – Meditating on the Word

Begin your time with God in prayer.

Praise God for who He is.  Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him.  Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.

"Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.  Then you will be prosperous and successful."  Joshua 1:8

It is not enough for us to just read the Word of God.  We need to meditate on it day and night.  J. I. Packer in Knowing God has one of the best definitions of meditation:

Meditation is the activity of calling to mind, and thinking over, and dwelling on, and applying to oneself, the various things that one knows about the works and ways and purposes and promises of God.  It is an activity of holy thought, consciously performed in the presence of God, under the eye of God, by the help of God, as a means of communion with God.  Its purpose is to clear one's mental and spiritual vision of God, and to let his truth make its full and proper impact on one's mind and heart.

As we journey together, take the time to let just a few Scriptures penetrate your head and your heart so that they can have maximum impact on your life.

Apply God’s Word to your life

Read Joshua 1:8 over and over – meditate on it. 

What does it mean to keep God’s Word on your lips?

What does thinking about God’s Word day and night enable you to do?

What is the benefit of meditating on God’s Word?

Father, teach me how to meditate on Your Word.  Help me to think about it day and night.  Help me to be careful to put into practice what I am learning in Your Word.  Use Your Spirit to get my attention when I get pulled away from You and Your ways.  May my life bring You glory today.  Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

Psalm 1:1-2 – "Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night."

Psalm 48:9 – "Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love."

Psalm 119:27 - "Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders."

Psalm 119:148 – "I lift up my hands to your commands, which I love, and I meditate on your decrees."

Psalm 145:5 –  "They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works."

 

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