Meditation on the Word of God

Psalm 1:2 “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.”

One of the fundamental lessons I learned in seminary this past trimester, especially in Interpretation of the Bible, was the importance of meditation upon Scripture as a key to making profitable use of devotional time. Often it can be our tendency to skip past meditation. It can be our tendency to quickly read the Scriptures so that we can get on with our day and in doing so we have a rather superstitious understanding of devotions. We act like it is enough to just ritually read our Bible and that somehow, quite magically, we will be blessed by it. We want all the blessings from Bible reading, without the work involved in receiving that blessing. 

The whole of Psalm 1 really emphasizes the blessedness of meditation upon Scripture. The man whose delight is in the law of the Lord is the man who meditates upon that word day and night. It is not enough to just say one loves the law of God, but one must act on that law by meditating on it day and night. His whole life is one of an active study of the word of God for the direct purpose of being in close fellowship and communion with God. This brings about true joy and gladness. Nor is this a mere exercise of the intellectual abilities. This study, this mediation ought to encompass the whole of the person. As Kaiser states, “Meditation is a function of the heart, that is, of the whole person. . . . [in meditation] one is to bring one’s whole person – body, soul, and mind – to focus on God, his works, and especially his Word.”[1]

It is in this deep meditation upon God’s Word that man becomes truly blessed. In meditation on the Word of God man is strengthened for the troubles and sorrows of this world. He is made to be like a tree planted by the rivers of water. That is, in the Word of God, man finds an eternal spring of comfort and help. The tree that is planted by the waters never thirsts. It is always fed. So it is with the man who meditates on the Word: he is always fed. The Word never leaves him hungry. It never leaves him thirsty. It blesses him with comfort all the days of life.

What a joy should then be in our hearts when we have the opportunity as Christians to study the Word of God! The truth contained in Psalm 1 ought to revolutionize our devotional habits. It should make us eager and ravenous to be fed by the Word of God. May our devotional habits thus reflect our love for the Lord and His Word. 

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