Meditate Day and Night

This is the second day in the weeklong series Cultivating Deep Roots. Find yesterday’s post here.

Blessed is the one 
who does not walk in step with the wicked 
or stand in the way that sinners take 
or sit in the company of mockers, 
but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, 
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree
planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither —
whatever they do prospers.
Psalm 1:1-3, NIV

In the second part of Psalm 1:2, the psalmist talks about meditating on God’s Word day and night. In Hebrew the word used for meditate means to moan, growl, utter, speak, or muse and brings to mind the picture of a lioness pursuing and then devouring her prey before laying down with a purr of satisfaction.

To meditate on God’s Word is to eye it, to turn it over in one’s mind to better understand it, to pray about the parts that don’t make sense or rub you the wrong way, to talk with others about what a certain passage means, and to wrestle with it until contentment comes. One way to begin the process of meditating on God’s Word is to set an alarm on your phone for the same time each afternoon and ask yourself, “What did I learn about God this morning?” Continuing the theme of delight and meditating on the words of God, consider reading Psalm 119 today.