But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:2 (NKJV)
The godly person on the path of life delights in God’s Word. Things that we delight in bring us great pleasure or satisfaction. It is the idea of finding joy in God’s Word. Do you delight in God’s Word? Does reading, studying, and obeying it bring you pleasure? Or is it a chore that you have to make yourself do? The main attitude that we find in Scripture of the people of God toward the Word of God is that it is a source of joy.
“More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalms 19:10 (NKJV)
“The law of Your mouth is better to me Than thousands of coins of gold and silver.” Psalms 119:72 (NKJV)
“Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, For they are the rejoicing of my heart.” Psalms 119:111 (NKJV)
The idea of a heritage is that of an inheritance or a treasure. So God’s Word was his treasure and his source of joy.
“Therefore I love Your commandments More than gold, yes, than fine gold!” Psalms 119:127 (NKJV)
“I rejoice at Your word As one who finds great treasure.” Psalms 119:162 (NKJV)
Do these words describe your attitude toward God’s Word? Honestly it should. Every child of God should have a great love for the Word of God. This love should be more than a love for it as a set-pretty or a decoration. It should be a love that motivates me to dig in to it to read it, to study it, too obey it and to meditate on it.
The word “meditate” is an interesting word. Bible teacher J. Vernon McGee says, “Meditate is a very figurative word. It pictures a cow chewing her cud. I’m told that the cow has several compartments in her tummy. She can go out in the morning, graze on the grass when the dew is on it in the cool of the day. Then when it gets hot in the middle of the day, she lies down under a tree and begins to chew the cud. She moves the grass she had in the morning back up and now she masticates it, she goes over it again. That is what we do when we meditate. We go over what we have read.”
When we meditate on God’s Word we are pondering it over and over in our minds. We are constantly thinking about it so that we can get the full meaning out of it. The idea of doing this day and night is that we are constantly meditating on it throughout the day not just for a few minutes. Do we do this? Or are our Bibles dusty from lack of use when we pick them up to bring them to church?
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8 NKJV)
Notice the connection between meditating on God’s Word and obeying God’s Word. Meditating on God’s Word gets us past the knowledge of, this is what it means, and to the knowledge of, this is how I live it out. Always remember that God didn’t give us His Word to fill our heads with knowledge. He gave us His Word so that it could change our lives.
When we delight in God’s Word and meditate on it, we will see at least three major benefits from it. First, we will start to think like God instead of like the world. Secondly, we will start to live like God instead of like the world. Thirdly we will be like God instead of like the world.
“as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” (1 Peter 2:2-3 NKJV)
The word desire is a very strong word. It means to crave, yearn and long for the Word of God. It paints the picture of God’s Word being an absolute essential in our lives. It is the picture of having a desperate hunger and thirst for God’s Word.
Peter says that we are to have this desire “if indeed” we have tasted that the Lord is gracious. Obviously “tasting that the Lord as gracious” refers to our salvation. What this means is that one of the natural results of salvation is having a strong desire for the Word of God. If this strong desire for God’s Word isn’t present in our lives we need to recognize this as a serious spiritual problem. My attitude toward God’s Word will be a pretty good indicator to tell me what path I’m on.
For further study read Psalm 119:33-40.
What does the Psalmist pray?
Why does he pray this?
What is his attitude toward God’s Word?
What is your attitude toward God’s Word?
 J. Vernon McGee, Thru The Bible with J. Vernon McGee,