In today’s competitive business environment, companies struggle to attract and retain top talent. This motivates and leads them to work at developing corporate cultures that excite and engage, compensation plans that reward and motivate, and employee perks and benefits that retain top performers. Employee benefit plans have a huge impact on an applicant’s decision to accept a job offer. A close look at the technology industry reveals the drawing power of the benefits of “maternity/paternity plans.” Some companies are giving employees 6-12 month paid leaves. The questions, “What do I get out of this?” or “How will this help me?” are appropriate questions and can also be directed at God’s Word. In a world full of resources, facts, and opinions, we might readily ask, “Why study and meditate on God’s Word?” or “How will reading my Bible help me?”
Meditation means to engage in study, thought or contemplation; ruminate, ponder of reflect on; to plan, consider or give attention to a course of action; to give weight or priority to a something. The importance of meditating on God’s Word and the benefits of this activity are addressed in the following passage:
“This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success” (Joshua 1:8).
GOD TELLS US TO MEDITATE ON HIS WORD
There are numerous references in God’s Word where we are told that we can expect tangible benefits or results when we meditate on God’s Word. Examples include the following:
1. Genesis 24:63 “And Isaac went out to meditate and bow down
2. Joshua 1:8 “This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.”
3. 1 Chronicles 16:9 “Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; meditate on and talk of all His wondrous works and devoutly praise them!”
4. Psalm 27:4-6 “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple. [Ps. 16:11; 18:6; 65:4; Luke 2:37.] For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; in the secret place of His tent will He hide me; He will set me high upon a rock. And now shall my head be lifted up above my enemies round about me; in His tent I will offer sacrifices and shouting of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.”
5. Psalm 63:5-7 “My whole being shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips When I remember You upon my bed and meditate on You in the night watches. For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings will I rejoice.”
6. Psalm 77:6-14 “I call to remembrance my song in the night; with my heart I meditate and my spirit searches diligently: Will the Lord cast off forever? And will He be favorable no more? Have His mercy and loving-kindness ceased forever? Have His promises ended for all time? Has God [deliberately] abandoned or forgotten His graciousness? Has He in anger shut up His compassion? Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! And I say, This [apparent desertion of Israel by God] is my appointed lot and trial, but I will recall the years of the right hand of the Most High [in loving-kindness extended toward us], for this is my grief, that the right hand of the Most High changes. I will [earnestly] recall the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will [earnestly] remember the wonders [You performed for our fathers] of old. I will meditate also upon all Your works and consider all Your [mighty] deeds. Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary [in holiness, away from sin and guilt]. Who is a great God like our God? You are the God Who does wonders; You have demonstrated Your power among the peoples.”
7. Psalm 105:2 “Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; meditate on and talk of all His marvelous deeds and devoutly praise them.”
8. Psalm 119:15-16 “I will meditate on Your precepts and have respect to Your ways [the paths of life marked out by Your law]. [Ps. 104:34.] I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.”
9. Psalm 119:27 “Make me understand the way of Your precepts; so shall I meditate on and talk of Your wondrous works. [Ps. 145:5, 6.]”
10. Psalm 119:48 “My hands also will I lift up [in fervent supplication] to Your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on Your statutes.”
11. Psalm 119:78 “Let the proud be put to shame, for they dealt perversely with me without a cause; but I will meditate on Your precepts.”
12. Psalm 119:145-148 “I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O Lord; I will keep Your statutes [I will hear, receive, love, and obey them]. I cried to You; save me, that I may keep Your testimonies [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying them]. I anticipated the dawning of the morning and cried [in childlike prayer]; I hoped in Your word. My eyes anticipate the night watches and I am awake before the cry of the watchman, that I may meditate on Your word.”
13. Psalm 143:5 “I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your doings; I ponder the work of Your hands.”
14. Psalm 145:5 “On the glorious splendor of Your majesty and on Your wondrous works I will meditate.”
15. Mark 13:11 “Now when they take you [to court] and put you under arrest, do not be anxious beforehand about what you are to say nor [even ] meditate about it; but say whatever is given you in that hour and at the moment, for it is not you who will be speaking, but the Holy Spirit.”
16. Luke 21:14 “Resolve and settle it in your minds not to meditate and prepare beforehand how you are to make your defense and how you will answer.”
17. 1 Timothy 4:15 “Practice and cultivate and meditate upon these duties; throw yourself wholly into them [as your ministry], so that your progress may be evident to everybody.”
THE IMPACT OF MEDITATION OF GOD’S WORD
In the world, meditation has proven to be a powerful force in promoting a peaceful and calm state of mind and relaxation. Research has proven that meditation can reduce stress and is an effective mechanism for regulating both physiological and psychological states. In a similar fashion, whenever Christians take time to slow down, to purposely and intentionally study and meditate on God’s Word, they can expect the following results or impact in their lives:
1. Increase and abundance in every arena of life (Genesis 24:63).
2. Prosperity; success in every arena of life (Joshua 1:8).
3. Wisdom and discernment; effective relationships and interactions with others (Joshua 1:8; Mark 13:11; Luke 21:14).
4. Heightened awareness of the glory of God; higher levels of praise; rejoicing (1 Chronicles 16:9; Psalm 63:5-7; 77:6-14; 105:2; 119:48; 143:5; 145:5).
5. Increased devotion, understanding and obedience to God’s Word and His ways (Psalm 119:15-16, 27, 48).
6. Trust, confident hope and expectation (Psalm 119:145-148; Mark 13:11; Luke 21:14; 1 Timothy 4:15).
7. Heightened Protection and safety; deliverance and victory over your enemies (Psalm 27:4-6; 63:5-7; 119:78).
8. Personal fulfillment and satisfaction (Psalms 63:5-7).
9. Growth and development; progress (1 Timothy 4:15).
10. Operating in excellence (Mark 13:11; Luke 21:14; 1 Timothy 4:15).
Based on the examples presented above we must remember that we can expect tangible results when we take time to study and meditate on God’s Word. In these moments of stillness as we go deeper into the Word and press into God, we initiate spiritual laws and principles. God’s Word goes to work on our behalf.
SELF REFLECTION & APPLICATION
In light of what you learned in this lesson, ask yourself these questions:
1. Do you regularly meditate on God’s Word?
2. When was the last time you meditated on a particular verse?
3. What happened afterward?
4. What area of your life do you need to apply God’s Word to experience supernatural results?