‘but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.’ (v2) Psalm 1:1–3

Scripture offers a variety of ways by which the disciple might encounter God. One way is to take time to meditate upon its content.

I received some correspondence asking, “why it is that I keep us all in one short passage over a number of days?” The reason is that we might contemplate what God is saying deeply. This is meditation.

Some fear meditation, assuming it is an eastern religious practice. This is not what is meant here by the psalmist.

Meditation actually means to think something over carefully, to seriously consider. Given the seriousness of our subject matter and the potential for good that lies within each word, it certainly deserves deep consideration.

Here, rather than reading a lengthy portion of Scripture as we do when we read through the Bible in a year, the aim is to ensure that we pause and chew over what God might be saying specifically to us. We abide in Christ for greater fruitfulness (John 15:1–4). We find something we need to respond to. It can lead to confession, intercession or action – sometimes all three.

Through meditation of God’s Word we discover where knowing, being and living in Christ interact; the place where we are formed into the person Christ has called us to become.

RELATED SCRIPTURE TO CONSIDER: Psa. 19:7–14; 119: 97–104; Mark 10:35–45; Phil. 4:8–9.

AN ACTION TO TAKE: Take the verses from Psalm 119 above and read them slowly, praying God speaks into your life from the words written there. Stop and reread the words that stand out to you.

A PRAYER TO MAKE: ‘Lord, may I take my time in reading Your Word and chew over what it is saying directly to me. Amen.’

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Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.