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Bible Passage Psalm 119

Holy Living 4: Godly Meditation

  • Tony Raker
Date preached December 5, 2021

Psalm 119 is an instruction how, in the midst of cultural upheaval, to stand firm as does God and His Word in the Heavens.

Psalm 119:48: “I meditate on your decrees.”

  • Grammatical Usage: “meditate” or in Hebrew, “siyach” means to, “ponder; converse”.
  • Literal Interpretation: I will ponder, allowing the Lord to converse with me.
  • Contextual/Comparison: God keeps His Word: God continually uses His Word. Many times in Psalm 119 the writer refers to meditating in God’s Word (vv. 15, 23, 48, 97, 99, 148). There are other references in Joshua 1:8; 1:1-3; 63:5-6 and 1 Tim. 4:15.   Taken together: first, we should cultivate the habit of meditation; second, that the range of our meditation is to be the whole Bible, the whole range of revealed truth from Genesis to Revelation. We are not only to receive God’s Word with humility (James 1:21); to let God’s Word dwell in us richly (Col. 3:16); to keep God’s Word tenaciously (John 17:6); to continue in God’s Word untiringly (John 8:31); to live out God’s Word boldly (Phil. 2:16); but meditate on it prayerfully and regularly requiring:
  1. Quietness: solitude
  2. Time: dedicated, uninterrupted devotion
  3. Concentration: attention to the text
  4. Receptivity: “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” (Ps.119:18).

If we regularly and habitually meditate in God’s Word, the result and the benefits will be enormous. Consider:

  1. We shall be charged with spiritual life and vitality

One of the most significant statements ever made by our Lord is recorded in John 6:63; but where and how does He speak to us? The answer is: in and through His Word. As we read it and wait in His presence, the Holy Spirit reveals the truth to us, we hear His voice, and receive new life and vitality from Him, who is our life (Col. 3:4). As an illustration of this, read Luke 24:13-31, and then note verse 32! What was this “burning heart”? What had happened to these two disciples? They had been in the presence of their Lord, He had revealed Himself to them and had opened the Scriptures to them, and the result was that their hearts burned within them.

  1. We shall be soundly and thoroughly converted

The implication of Ps. 19:7 is that when the truth of God is applied to our life, it is so powerful that it turns our life away from all that is displeasing to the Lord, and turns it to the Lord Himself. It changes our lives right round. How is it that some Christians are only “half-committed”? This is what our Lord had in mind when He spoke to Peter (Luke 22:32). Peter was converted in an initial sense, but not in a full sense. He needed to be turned right round; and by the grace of God and through the Holy Spirit he was converted in this way and became a great blessing to his brethren and to multitudes.

  1. We shall find our faith increasing until we become strong in faith

How do we get faith? Romans 10:17 tells us that as we read and meditate in God’s Word, faith is imparted to us and developed in us. Scripture identifies “no faith” (Mark 4:40); only a “little faith” (Mt. 6:30); or faith “as small as a mustard seed” (Mt. 17:20).  Do you desire more faith (Luke 17:6)?  To be strong in faith (Mt. 8:10; 15:28)? There are degrees of faith. It is important to have much faith per Matthew 9:29.


  1. We shall find the secret of living peacefully in a chaotic world

Notice the word “steadfast” in Isaiah 26:3. It refers to a quiet, unhurried, relaxed waiting in the presence of God until our minds become settled in His truth. Everywhere there is fear and there are alarms. Sin abounds and God’s judgments are surely near. All this is foretold in God’s Word; but in that same Word we find confidence in the knowledge that God is working out His purpose for the world, the Jews and for the Church. We do not feel the power of these great truths, however, by a casual reading of Scripture. Meditation is required.

  1. We shall submit to God’s will in all His dealings with us and with others

It is easy to quote Romans 8:28 when all is going well, but it is not so easy when we are faced with some crushing sorrow. It is only as we really get to know our Lord, through quiet waiting upon Him and through meditation in His Word that we are able to trust Him and lean upon Him in the dark hour. If we will regularly meditate we will never get bitter when God’s hand is resting heavily upon us, or upon our loved ones or friends because we shall be able to agree with Job 23:10; and we shall appreciate the truth of Psalm 37:23-24 and will be able to rest quietly upon John 13:7.

  1. We shall be filled with glowing words of testimony

Some Christians rarely speak of their Lord. Is it because they do not really know Him? Is it because they will not stand for him (Daniel 11:32)?  We only get to know Him as we spend time with Him and as we let His Word dwell in us richly in all wisdom (Luke 6:45; Colossians 3:16).

  1. We shall come to know Him, rejoicing that we have eternal life

The greatest blessing that will come to us is the personal and intimate experience we shall enjoy with our Lord (Luke 24:27; John 5:39). As we gaze on Him in His Word we shall become like Him (2 Corinthians 3:18); we shall long to please Him (2 Timothy 2:4) and obey Him (John 14:15); and we shall be able to say so with ever deepening conviction (Ps. 104:34)!  And all day long we shall pray the prayer found in Ps. 19:14.

  • Conclusion: Are your words and thoughts acceptable to God? We are what we meditate upon.  May we ponder and converse about His way and will in each of our lives.