Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:8-9 (NIV)
What does that mean? What does what mean? What does it mean to meditate on your word? What do you think it means? I will tell you what it doesn’t mean for sure. What’s that? You don’t want me to empty my mind. You don’t want my mind to go blank. That’s true. You want me to carefully think about your word. You want me to take your word deeply into my heart and mind and life. You want your word to dwell in me richly. You want me to hide your word in my heart. That’s right. What will my word do in you when you meditate on it? Your word will change my heart. Your word will transform my mind. Your word will guide my life. Your word will form and shape the thoughts of my mind, the words of my mouth and the deeds of my life. Your word will help me to come to know and to love and to follow and serve you all the days of my life. Your Holy Spirit will use your word like a sword to fight in me, with me, for me and through me. Your word will make me able to resist temptation and stand against evil. Your word will strengthen and encourage me. Your word will make me able to courageously move forward with you to wherever you lead me, to do whatever you ask of me. Your word will help me to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. Your word will help me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, my word will do all these things in you, with you, for you and through you.
When will you meditate on my word? How will you meditate on my word? I will meditate on your word day and night. I will read your word. I will study your word. I will memorize your word. I will pray your word. I will proclaim your word. I will teach your word. I will even sing your word. Your word will always be before me. Most importantly of all, I will put your word into practice. I will allow your word to be the sure and solid foundation of my life. That will be very good. Keep my word in your heart, and on your mind, and coming out of your mouth and you will live a life that I can and will surely bless. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, thank you for your word. It is my delight to meditate on your word day and night. Use your word to change my heart, transform my mind, and guide my life. Help me to be careful to do everything that you ask of me. I want to live a life that is pleasing to you. Amen
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