Friday, April 10th, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Deuteronomy 34:1-Joshua 2:24
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:
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. – Josh 1:8
God promised Joshua the same power, anointing and favor that He had shown Moses: “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses” (Josh 1:3). But we see in verse 8 that Joshua’s prosperity and success were contingent on constant meditation in the word of God.
The Hebrew word for “meditate” is hagah, which means to utter out loud (Strong’s 1897). God doesn’t simply ask us to be familiar with His word; He asks us to know it so well that we can utter it, out loud, day and night. His will is that no matter where we find ourselves, we would be armed with His word, and able to declare it out loud, for all of heaven and hell to hear!
Are you meditating in the word of God? To meditate in is different than meditating on. Meditating on implies that we are outsiders looking in on God’s promises. Meditating in, on the other hand, means that we are completely submerged in the word of God, as people who know the promises He has made to us!
We should be steeped in the word of God. Just as a tea bag gives flavor to the water that surrounds it, the word of God should irreversibly change us as we meditate in Him!
Father, remind me to meditate in Your word. I want to know Your word like the back of my hand – inside and out – so that I can speak it out everywhere I go. Write Your word on my heart, in Jesus’ name!
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