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Read the Word (Part 2)

The second step in understanding and applying God's Word is to meditate on it. Eight times in Psalm 119, the psalmist’s long tribute to the Word, he says he meditates on the Word of God (vv. 15, 23, 27, 48, 78, 97, 99, 148).


Let me give you just a few examples. 

“I will meditate on Thy precepts,” the psalmist writes in verse 15. 

“Make me understand the way of Thy precepts, so I will meditate on Thy wonders” (v. 27). 

“O how I love Thy law! It is my meditation all the day” (v. 97). 

“My eyes anticipate the night watches, that I may meditate on Thy word” (v. 148).


Do you realize what the psalmist is saying in this last verse? He is saying, “I can’t wait until it’s nighttime so I can think about God’s Word. When the kids are quiet, when everything is shut down, when the phone isn’t ringing, when I don’t have to worry about being distracted, during the night I love to put my head on the pillow and think about God’s Word.”


Can you and I say that? The power of this is that when you meditate on God and His Word during the night, you go to sleep with God on your mind.


How long has it been since you woke up with your mind calm and fixed on Christ? Sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it? Try it tonight. If you are facing a trial or a problem tomorrow, make God and His Word the last thing on your mind. You will be amazed at His transforming power when you wake up. 

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