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Meditating to Please God

Psalm 19 presents a beautiful picture concerning the value of God’s word.

The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether.
Psalm 19:7–9

Do you believe what these verses say? When you think about God’s word, would you describe it in the same way the psalmist has described it? If we believe these words are true, the next verse should be our response.

They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; on keeping them there is great reward.
Psalm 19:10-11

When we recognize and truly believe in the value of God’s word, we should desire it above all other things. No more trying to fit it into our schedules. Our struggle will be fitting other things into our schedule, not the word of God!

Our delight in God’s word will be so profound that it will be the meditation of our heart. Our mouths will then speak from what is in our heart (Luke 6:45).

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.
Psalm 19:14

It is interesting that the psalmist wants to be sure that his words and meditation are pleasing to God. Would God be pleased with your meditation? Since God knows what your mind dwells on throughout the day, would He be pleased with how you use your mental energies? In a given day, how much time do you truly spend in biblical meditation?

Biblical meditation pleases God. Not just the discipline of meditation, but the result. It is as we faithfully meditate on God’s word that we truly learn to consistently live in a manner that pleases the Lord.

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58