“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.”

Joshua 1:8 

Growing up in the sixties and seventies, I was in tuned with a lot of music especially that my daddy had a music retail shop, as a matter of fact so much of it I listen to was over and over and so repetitive that I cannot to this day get some out of my head. I have found that no matter what you do you can’t get them out of your head especially when you do hear some of them sometimes.

Wouldn’t it be great if God’s word would stick like that music did? Reading His word is good, memorizing His word is even better but God says that is not enough that we also need to meditate on His word.

The Hebrew word translated “meditate” literally means, “mutter.” When one continually mutters God’s word to himself, he is constantly thinking about it. To meditate on God’s word is to slowly and reverently repeat God’s word to yourself, reflecting on them and applying them to every area of your life.

I find that today we are so busy and we want to do the right thing so the day may start out right with reading God’s word and that is all that we do then you forget about it for the rest of the day. It is like sitting down to a wonderful meal; you can be like a vacuum and suck it all down in a rush. Or you can take your time and enjoy. Even with hobbies or work when you have become obsessed with them you will find yourself thinking about it constantly. We need to become obsessed with God’s word.

One of the benefits of meditation is that it helps us to be obedient to God’s word. If you are meditating in the word, and the word is constantly on your mind and in your mouth it will keep you from sin.

Those who know and obey God’s word and law will be prosperous and successful in that they possess the wisdom to live righteously and to achieve God’s goal for their lives. You may not always be successful in the world’s eyes, but you will always be successful in God’s eyes. Those who seek to live under God’s blessing meditate on God’s word in order to shape their thinking, attitudes, and actions.

Garment of Praise

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