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“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” (Joshua 1:8, KJV)
Joshua 1:8 speaks of meditating on God’s word. Meditation, for the Christian, is not the blanking out of the mind. For the Christian, to meditate means to concentrate on God’s word. Christian meditation also involves speaking God’s word. This is why this verse links meditation with keeping God’s word in your mouth. Christian meditation causes the believer to focus on God’s word by contemplating it with the mind and speaking it with the mouth.
The time for meditation is presented as being day and night. This can be taken to mean that we should start and end every day on God’s word. However, the picture presented is one of continual meditation throughout the entire day. In other words, we must meditate on God’s word all through the day.
Christians need to meditate on all of God’s word, but we should focus on our problem areas. If finances are a problem, the Christian must find scriptures that deal with financial issues and meditate upon them. Faith comes from hearing God’s word, and faith for a particular area of life comes from meditating on scriptures that relate to that specific area.
With meditation, on God’s word, we are told to be obedient to what God’s word says. We must seek to conform to the teachings of God’s word. Obedience to God’s word is a fruit of Christian meditation.
God promised Joshua that his life would be prosperous and successful if he followed this advice. And this promise is for all of God’s children. Meditated on God’s word day and night and see the power of God released into your life.
“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. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 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.” (Psalm 1:1-3)