If you are not meditating on God’s word, you are missing out big time. David explains the importance of meditating on God’s word in Psalms 1:
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law doth he meditates day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
No one spends time in the word of God and remains unchanged. The following are the top 7 benefits of meditating on the word of God:
Meditation leads to depth and stability
As David points in Psalms 1, the Christian who meditates day and night on the word of God shall be like a tree that is planted by the rivers of water. In other words, meditation will lead to depth and stability.
A tree that grows on the river bank enjoys a constant supply of water – even in dry seasons. Similarly, a Christian that meditates on the word of God day and night enjoys spiritual nourishment which can equip them to handle anything that comes their way. They grow deeper in the word of God which gives them stability in life.
The psalmist says the tree will yield its fruits in season and his leaves will not wither. It talks of stability – that even in times of economic downturns, you will still enjoy stability. But this stability is more than just economic stability.
You will be stable in your emotions, in your marriage, in your ministry, in your career – you will be an evergreen tree! Meditating on the word of God gives you a chance to draw from the wisdom of God and as Isaiah puts it, the wisdom and the knowledge you acquire from scripture will give you depth and stability in your days.
And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure. Isaiah 33:6
Meditation is a spiritual tasting of scripture
Meditation is looking at the word of God with the longing of a tree for water. David likens it to the desire of a deer for water (Psalms 42:1), or the desire of a watchman for the crack of dawn (Psalms 130:6). See, God is a spirit (John 4:24) and his word is a spirit (John 6:63). It is therefore not possible to really get what the Bible means if you only read it with your physical man – you have to taste scripture spiritually – and meditation if a great way of doing this.
Many people have tried to interpret scripture using their own mental reasoning and they ended up in heresy and confusion. But Apostle Paul gives us an important secret about studying the word of God;
12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.
13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.
14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 2:12-14, NIV.
Simply put, if you are not discerning scripture spiritually, you will never understand it. This is why you need to start meditating on His word!
Meditation will always lead to character growth — to fruit.
Meditation is not just a means of getting close to God – it does much more than that. Meditating will also lead to impressive character growth. The more you meditate on the word of God, the more it exposes the character flaws that you need to fix. As you fix your mind on the word of God, your heart is progressively transformed into a heart of love, joy, peace, patience, humility, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).
The interesting thing about the Bible is that it is the only book that reads you as you read it. God loves us the way we are but he loves us too much to leave us that way. As you draw closer to him through meditating on his word, you will be inspired to work on your character and at the end of the day, you will be a better Christian and a better person altogether.
Meditation leads to success
Meditating on the word of God leads to prosperity. David puts it this way, “whatever he does prospers.” Just after Moses dies, God appears to Joshua to give him instructions on how he is to proceed with the journey. Among the many things he tells Joshua, he also tells him to always meditate on the word of God day and night.
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; 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
Notice the promise that comes attached to meditating on the scriptures day and night? God promises Joshua that if he did that, he would be prosperous and successful.
There are two possible explanations as to how this works. First and foremost, God enjoys blessing those that are committed to him. That’s why he tells David that he takes pleasure in the well-being of his servants (Psalms 35:27). Secondly, meditating on his word daily exposes you to kingdom principles of success and all you have left is to apply them and enjoy the results.
Meditation leads to Direction
The amazing thing about direction is that it is superior to speed. It does not matter how fast you go if you do not know the direction, you might end up getting lost and wasting a lot of time. Meditating on God’s word will reveal the direction you ought to take in life – especially when faced with various dilemmas.
See, the word of God is the voice of God. And you cannot hear the still small voice unless you train your ear to hear God. As you stay fixated on the word of God, you will hear the voice of God and you will know what you ought to do.
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21
Meditation brings happiness
Psalms 1 opens by saying, “blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked…but his delight is in the law of the lord and on it, he meditates day and night.” The word blessed is the same word translated as happy in the beatitudes. When you meditate on the word of God day and night, it deals with any tensions, disappointments, and reasons for sadness and you end up a happy person!
Thoughts are more powerful than we think – thinking constantly about your problems can make you miserable. But when you ignore your problems and concentrate on the word of God, you will be a happy Christian.
Meditation helps you deal with sin, the major benefit of meditating on God’s word.
David makes an interesting comment about the word of God
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes. Psalms 105:11
David had discovered the secret of conquering sin – keeping God’s word in your heart. You do this by constantly meditating on it. This helps the voice of your conscience to be louder than that other voice that always tries to nudge you over the cliff of sin.
So there you have it- the 7 benefits of meditating on the word of God. Start meditating today and enjoy these benefits and more!