Psalm 119:97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. 98 Thou through thy commandments hast made me WISER THAN mine enemies: for they are ever with me. 99 I have MORE understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. 100 I understand MORE than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.
Meditation means: To muse; to ponder; to pour over; to utter/mutter; to say to yourself; and to ruminate. One definition is “to chew the cud,” which means to chew again what has been chewed slightly/swallowed; to bring to mind and consider again and again. Ruminate comes from a root word “rumen,” which is the stomach in a cow. They pick up food, chew it, swallow it, regurgitate it, and then chew it/swallow again until it becomes the life-blood of the animal. All Christians should learn to read, study, and meditate in the Word of God. I like to compare these to eating food like this: reading is like finding what food is available; study is arranging it or preparing the food; and meditation is actually eating the food.
Three blessings of meditation are:
1. Meditation in the Word of God brings an excelling understanding.
Ps 119:97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. 98 Thou through thy commandments hast made me WISER THAN mine enemies: for they are ever with me. 99 I have MORE understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. 100 I understand MORE than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.” That includes an understanding that makes one wiser than ones enemies; having more understanding than all of one’s teachers and more than the ancients (who have learned from experience).
2. Meditation in the Word of God is the key to prosperity and success.
Joshua 1:8 says, “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.”
3. Meditation in the Word of God is what allows the Word to become rooted in you.
Psalm 1:1-3 says, “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. 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 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.” God’s Word is like a seed that has root capacity in every seed but only germinates or sprouts roots as we meditate on it. Sounds like a good investment of one’s time.
Suggestions on how to meditate.
1. Gather Scriptures on topics such as healing, wisdom, prayer, authority, grace, prosperity, in Christ truths.
2. Read them out loud to yourself. This is putting the Word in your mouth.
3. Personalize the Scripture and apply it to yourself, reading it aloud over and over.
4. Say it again in different ways/words or emphasizing each word in the verse.
5. Hear it long enough until you see it or for the Word of God to paint a picture in you.