But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.
Harvard scientists released a study last year demonstrating how meditation helps “fight the crippling high stress levels we experience during our busy lives…[and] it can change the physiology of a person’s brain.”1 The study wasn’t referring to biblical meditation, just human-based techniques. Imagine how much better the scores would have been had the participants meditated on Scripture!
In order to be a true New Testament church, we must study the Scriptures and apply them to our lives; and that involves the practice of meditation. The writers of Psalms gave testimony to this: I meditate within my heart… I will also meditate on all Your work…. I will meditate on Your precepts… My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word. (Psalm 77:6, 12; 119:15, 148).
We meditate when, after having studied God’s Word, we ponder what we’ve studied, mulling it over as we shower, drive, exercise, walk, work around the house, and rest in bed. Let your delight be in the Word of God, and meditate on it day and night.
Meditation is… spiritually “digesting” the Scripture—applying it, thinking out how it affects you, describes you, guides you in the most practical way.
Timothy Keller, in Prayer
1 Kings 16–18