Luke 2:15 – So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” (Verse 2) And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, the Babe lying in a manger.
(Verse 17) Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning the Child. (Verse 18) And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. (Verse 19) But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
The word “pondered,” we would describe as “meditation.” She gave serious thought to what God had spoken to her heart.
Joshua 1:8 – “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
If we meditate on this Book, then we will be prosperous in all areas of our lives and then we will have good success.
Psalm 1:2 – But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law, he meditates day and night. (Verse 3) He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither, and whatever he does shall prosper.
This word meditate in Hebrew means: to ponder; to give serious thought and consideration to selected information. Now, let me ask you this: Can you spend an hour or two focusing on something? Some say that’s too hard, but we watch two-hour movies, don’t we? How long do you think it takes me to prepare these studies that I post? Some mornings its three or four hours, depending on what time I have to be at work that day. I can’t get enough of God’s word.
Why does something supernatural happen when we meditate on God’s Word?
Because God’s Word is Seed.
1 Peter 1:23 – having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,…
When we read or study God’s word and put it in our hearts, we are actually putting a seed in there. That seed is going to produce! Any time we plant a seed in the ground, that seed doesn’t look anything like the picture on the package. The package shows us the result of what the seed will produce if watered and nurtured. It’s the same way with God’s word.
When the sower sows the word, that word can produce thirty, sixty, or one hundredfold increase. So when we meditate on God’s word, we are doing something that is going to produce good fruit in us.
Psalm 119:15 – I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. (Verse 23) Princes also sit and speak against me, but Your servant meditates on Your statutes. (Verse 48) My hands I will lift up to Your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on Your statutes.
Read all through this Psalm where the enemy had come against one of these priests, but they decided to meditate on God’s word. In other words, instead of meditating on the wrong that people do against us, meditate on God’s word.
When people are in bondage in an area, they usually meditate on the lie that keeps them in bondage. Why not meditate on the truth that will set us free?
God’s Word is Alive
Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. When we begin to meditate on God’s word, life begins to burst out of us. God’s word helps us know His will and do His will.
1 Timothy 4:12 – Let no one despise your youth but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith in purity. Let no one look down on you if you are young, but be an example to believers in your word, in your conduct, in love and so on. (Verse 13) Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. (Verse 14) Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. (Verse 15) Meditate on these things, give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.
God’s Word is Jesus
John 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (Verse 2) He was in the beginning with God. (Verse 3) All things were made through Him, and without Him, nothing was made that was made.
(Verse 10) He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. (Verse 14) And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Revelation 19:13 – He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
When we meditate on the Word of God, we are meditating on Jesus. If a person rejects the Word of God, they are rejecting Jesus! All things are created by Him and held together by Him. We are the ones that determine how much of Jesus we are going to let flow through our lives. We determine it by how much time we spend in His Word.
Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.
I promise you, if you will meditate on the word of God, something miraculous will happen in your life!