I will meditate on Your precepts and regard Your ways.
The psalmist declares his commitment to God’s word. He does not indicate a simple desire. He does not put conditions on his intent. He states what will be a priority in his life. He begins with his commitment to meditate on God’s precepts.
It seems the concept of biblical meditation is almost a forgotten discipline. And yet the Scriptures speak often of the importance of meditation. In fact, we will address this topic numerous times in Psalm 119.
Not only is meditation a critical discipline of the Christian life, it is something that believers are to practice all day long and even into the night.
O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.
How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.
The call to biblical meditation is a reminder that God intends His children to regularly and consistently contemplate the truth of God’s word. It should be our desire to know it more fully and to practice it more intentionally. When we learn to meditate on God’s word as a matter of practice, we are much more likely to be prepared for the divine opportunities that God brings into our lives every day. We will also be vastly more prepared to put off sin and put on righteousness.
The psalmist links his meditation on God’s precepts with his regard for God’s ways. After all, the more we know and love God’s word, the more we will live in light of it!
“As food undigested will not nourish the body, so the word of God, not considered with deep meditation and reflection, will not feed the soul.”1
“He who has an inward delight in anything will not long withdraw his mind from it. As the miser often returns to look upon his treasure, so does the devout believer by frequent meditation turn over the priceless wealth which he has discovered in the book of the Lord.”2
1W. S. Plummer, Psalms, 1028
2Spurgeon, C. H. (n.d.). The Treasury of David: Psalms 111-119 (Vol. 5, p. 161). London; Edinburgh; New York: Marshall Brothers.
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