“I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word” (Psalm 119:115-116).
One of the obvious benefits of meditating on God’s Word is the way it expands our understanding and awe of Him.
God promises success to Joshua if he would meditate day and night on the book of the Law. “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).
The psalmist says wisdom comes from meditating on God’s Word. “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me” (Psalm 119:97–98). The psalmist also says that insight comes from meditating on God’s Word. “I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes” (Psalm 119:99). (Notice that it does not say that we will be more knowledgeable or smarter than our teachers but that we will simply have more insight.)
David says that we will prosper. “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers” (Psalm 1:2–3).
Father, I want to be like the tree planted by streams of water! Give me the desire to discipline myself each day to meditate upon Your Word so that I may gain insight from Your perspective. I long for the wisdom that comes from meditating upon Your Word! Help me to be careful to be and do what You have written, as Jesus modeled for me.
Adapted from The Path toward Passion: Nine Disciplines that Connect Your Heart to God’s by Dean Trune.
Praise the sovereign one who works out everything for his own ends (Prov. 16:4). Thank God for determining your steps (16:9). Confess any area where you may be doubting that his leading is best. “Commit to the LORD whatever you [are planning to] do,” knowing that then “your plans will succeed” (16:3). Ask the Lord to alter any plans that are not fully in line with his best.
Pray that Christians’ generosity will shine beautifully in the darkness of our materialistic culture. Ask God to draw many through this light to exchange their trinkets for his true treasure.
Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend