Written by: Tim Wood
I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes. (Psalm 119:48 ESV)
Someone said, “If you know how to worry, you already know how to meditate.” Worry is allowing something negative to dominate your thinking. You think on it over and over. Meditation is taking a passage of Scripture and thinking about it over and over. The Psalmist not only loves and honors the Word of God, he meditates on it. There are wonderful benefits that occur when we meditate on God’s word.
Psalm 1:1-2 says, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” We are blessed when we meditate on God’s Word. God’s blessing is true and lasting happiness. Meditating on God’s Word is the way to deal with disappointments and stresses in life. During the day and night, we can think about God’s word over and over again.
This same Psalm says if we meditate on God’s Word we will be “like a tree planted by streams of water” (Psalm 1:3). Meditating will bring spiritual strength and stability into my life. Worry depletes my strength and stability. Thinking about God’s Word will grow deep roots that tap into Living Water.
Joshua 1: 8 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Meditating on God’s Word is the pathway to spiritual prosperity and success. God’s Word exposes my mind to Godly principles that bring success to my life.
We have a choice. We can let worry dominate our thoughts or God’s Word. Like the Psalmist, let’s love the Word of God, lift our hands toward the Word of God and meditate on the Word of God. When we do, we will experience God’s blessing, God’s strength and God’s success!