Meditating on God's Word

. . . but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night (Psalm 1:2).

Meditation is a word that most people have heard of in our day. And very likely they’ve heard about the word in association with yoga, with the word carrying the picture of one sitting in a pose with eyes closed and mind empty. But that picture of meditation falls short of the biblical picture of meditation.

Biblical meditation is not emptying our minds of things but filling our minds with things, namely, the word of God. And this isn’t an occasional, sporadic glance at the Scripture. It is a constant practice of our lives — “day and night.” This is the person who will be prosperous and preserved from judgment for sin.

We may wish to think of Jesus here in his showdown with Satan in the wilderness. Jesus demonstrated no mere acquaintance with the Scripture during the three temptations, and at one point he says to the devil, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” What was Jesus saying? Our lives are sustained not just by food but by God’s word.

We’d be hard pressed, then, to be conformed to the image of God without regular contact with the word of God. And since our purpose in life as Christians is to become like Jesus then we must give ourselves to the practice of the psalmist: meditation on God’s word.

Prayer: Lord, keep the word of God ever before me. Let not my heart stray from your commands. But conform me to your Son by the transforming of my mind in your word. Amen.

DevotionsMatt HarkeyComment