The Importance of Meditation in our Walk with God

Psalm 1:1-3
Sunday, 11 January 2015
31:12

THE IMPORTANCE OF meditation
IN OUR WALK WITH GOD

Psalm 1:1-3

1        THE PROSPECT OF MEDITATION

Psalm 1 begins by saying, “Blessed people do not walk in the ways of the wicked, stand in the place of sinners, or sit in the seat of scoffers. Note the descent here. They first walk; then they stand; they then sit. They begin to believe like them; then they belong to them; then they behave like them. Blessed people, on the other hand, believe in God, belong to God, and behave like God. They walk with God, and maintain this walk through meditation. Biblical mediation, however, it is not passive. We do not empty the mind as in other forms of mediation; we fill the mind with God’s word, and apply it to our lives.

Whatever shapes our thinking shapes our life. We should therefore mediate on God’s word whenever we can. Whenever we have an opportunity, we can meditate on God’s word. This is what it means to mediate day and night, and it leads to…

2        THE PRACTICE OF MEDITATION

Psalm 1:2 says, “Blessed people meditate on God’s word day and night.” They mediate on God’s word throughout the day, and seek to apply it.

The word ‘meditate’ could be translated: to mutter, to mumble, or to speak softly. In Psalm 1, therefore, we are encouraged to mumble over God’s word. The Message Translation says, “Blessed people chew on God’s word day and night. They chew on God’s word as they do with physical food.” Jeremiah 15:16 says, “When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight.”

3        THE PROMISE OF MEDITATION

Psalm 1:3 says we will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season, and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever we do, prospers.” This is the promise of meditation. Notice first…

  • We will be firmly planted

Psalm 92:12-13 says, “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; transplanted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.” If we meditate on God’s word, we will be firmly planted in God’s world and in our world.

  • We will be spiritually nourished

We will be firmly planted by streams of water. Here, we have a constant supply of God’s Spirit. Jeremiah 17:7-8 says, “Blessed are those who trust in the Lord… They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in times of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Those who meditate on God’s word produce a harvest of spiritual fruit like love, joy, peace, patience, and kindness.

  • We will not fade or wither

Vines change dramatically during winter, but in contrast olive trees remain green. All God’s trees are evergreen and stand in dramatic contrast to others. Verse 3 says those who meditate will not droop, fade, or fall away. They prosper. Joshua 1:8 says, “Do not let this book of instruction depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night… then you will be prosperous and successful.”