Joshua 1:8
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night...”

In the above verse Moses encourages Joshua to “meditate” on God and His Word.  Thinking deeply about God and His Word is something that is often neglected in our Christian walks. 

We must not simply drink from God’s Word but we must drink deeply. 

J.I. Packer defines meditation this way, “Meditation is the activity of calling to mind, and thinking over and dwelling on, and applying to oneself, the various things that one knows about the works and ways and purposes of God.”

Meditation fastens into our hearts truths we have received but have not yet assimilated into our character. 

Meditation is perhaps the most effective and powerful means that the Spirit of God uses to permanently integrate into our character truth that we may previously have received only intellectually or superficially.  This undigested truth becomes a part of our makeup when we are willing to invest our time pondering on it. 

A book on biblical meditation was published in the early 1800’s.  It is entitled The Christian’s Daily Walk in Holy Security and Peace.  Here is a helpful excerpt about the importance of biblical mediation.
"Merely, reading, hearing, and having transient thoughts of biblical truths do not leave half the impression of goodness upon the soul, which they would do, if they might be recalled and fixed there by serous thought. Without this meditation, the good food of the soul passes through the understanding, and either is quite lost, or is like raw and undigested food, which does not nourish those creatures that chew the cud, until they have retrieved it back and chewed it better.  Meditation is the Christian’s way of chewing the cud.  All the outward means of salvation do little good in comparison, except that by mediation they are thoroughly considered, and laid up in the heart… Meditation digests, engrafts, and turns the spiritual knowledge gained from God’s Word…into the very life and substance of the soul, changing and transforming you according to it, so that God’s and your will become one,  so that you choose and delight in the same things as He does.” 

In 1666, Oliver Heywood published a book entitled Heart Treasures, in which he had much to say about biblical meditation:
“Christian meditation is the earnest fixing of the mind on the great spiritual realities which the Bible has revealed to us … Meditation is the soul’s conference with itself; the discourse which it holds with truth obtained, and impressions received, in the secret sanctuary of its own consciousness. It is the … solemn endeavor of the soul to bring home to itself divine things; and so to resolve, ponder, and digest them, as to work their transforming power into every element and faculty of its being … It is the digestive process, by which spiritual food nourishes the soul and promotes its growth in holiness.”

Does your Christian life appear stagnant?  Jump start it by meditating on God and His Word.

Does your walk with God feel distant?  Draw close to Him by mediation on His works and Word.

We must not simply drink from God’s Word but we must drink deeply. 

Let me encourage you to clear off an extended period of time in your busy schedule and spend time meditating on God and His Word.