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Psalm 119 – Part 13A

Open Bible pic-widePSALM 119:97-104

Hebrew M-Mem

(Mem, M)

97 Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.
98
Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me.
99
I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies
are my meditation.

100
I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts.
101
I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word.
102
I do not turn aside from your rules, for you have taught me.
103
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104
Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.
Psalm 119:97-104, ESV

Today’s study of verses 97-104 show the importance of meditating on God’s Word. The Psalmist meditated on God’s Word because he had learned the importance of incorporating God’s Word into his everyday life, and he was reaping the benefits.

There’s so much in these eight verses, but today we’ll concentrate on how you can meditate on God’s Word and why that is important. You are continually, day in and day out, bombarded with other “thoughts” or “suggestions” for you to meditate on—from those around you, at work, at school, through avenues of media, etc. When those thoughts and suggestions come from the world they will not have any ultimate, redeeming value. Yes, some is informative, but other than that, they don’t lift up the power of God.

God’s Word is alive and powerful and when you meditate on it, you are bringing God’s power into your life each day. That’s what God told Joshua and the people in Joshua 1:8. He said that His Word was not to depart fromthe mouth of his people but they were to meditate on it day and night.

When you continually feast on God’s Word, you will find added strength, both spiritually and physically, encouragement, direction, peace, and so much more.

The Hebrew word for “meditate” is hagah (haw-gaw) in Joshua 1:8 and similar in Psalm 119:97. It means to “utter or mutter under your breath,” thus giving us the picture of continually speaking God’s Word. This isn’t a chant or anything like that because it carries the meaning of speaking forth what God has said, confessing His Word and not merely giving mental assent to it.

To amplify the meaning a bit more, it also means to imagine. When you meditate on God’s Word, you are speaking the power of God into your life, and in doing that, you can imagine that word working in full power in you. When you meditate on God’s Word, you’re not allowing other things to cloud your thinking or diminish God’s Word.

Meditating on God’s Word will enable you to live in greater victory and experience all that He has for you. God promised good success and ability to prosper when you meditate on His Word. It’s speaking forth what God has promised and said, moving you from a position of doubt to a position of faith, and by faith setting God’s Word into motion in your life.

I encourage you today to take time to meditate on God’s Word, on His promises to you. Fill yourself with what God says and you’ll be successful, peaceful, and full of joy each day!

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