“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 1:1-2).
- To get to know God – This goes beyond just knowing about Him. We get to know Him personally as our King, our Rock, our Redeemer, our Savior, etc. “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).
- To hear God’s voice and keep from sin – We are then able to pray on-target prayers. “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).
- To change spiritually and gain insight – We will always grow and God will change our hearts through meditation. “I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes” (Psalm 119:99).
- To walk in obedience – Meditation will help us to obey God and be ready to do the right thing in a moment requiring a sudden choice. Truth moves from our head to our heart and results in obedience. “Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left that you may be successful wherever you go” (Joshua 1:7).
- To have something to share with others – Often the very Scriptures that we meditate on are the very ones someone else needs to hear and the ones we need to pray. “Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love. Like your name, O God, your praise reaches to the ends of the earth” (Psalm 48:9-10).
- To grow in a worshipping lifestyle – As we ponder Scripture, we naturally grow deeper in our prayer life and are led more fully into worship. “I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds. Your ways, O God, are holy” (Psalm 77:12-3a).
- To comfort and gain strength – We gain spiritual strength when we meditate on Scripture. “Though rulers sit together and slander me, your servant will meditate on your decrees. Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors” (Psalm 119:23-24).
- To gain understanding and success – God teaches us how to walk in success as we meditate on Scripture. “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; 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).
By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International