But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.
King David was writing about and describing the life and secret of successful and godly people. He understudied them and found out that godly people have a special devotion to God’s word. They love to know and do everything the Lord says and wants. It is very impossible to make a successful Christian walk without having love for God’s word. And we cannot love God’s word if we don’t read it. Many people have carried the word of God with the intention of finding faults in it or making mockery of it, but they never recover from it. They fell in love with it. The content of God’s word got them hooked! One of the reasons many people find it difficult to spend time in the word and study it is the busyness of life and the cares of this world. And we must watch for that in any way we are guilty.
The strong delight and desire of the godly both to know what God wants and to do it make them do the next thing David found out – they meditate on God’s word day and night. One of the secret of godly people is their commitment to meditating in God’s word day and night. One reason many people find it tough to live a godly life is the omission of its prerequisite in their lives – spending time in the Word of His Grace (Acts 20:32).
In my own life, I have seen that as true. When I am consisted in my devotion to God’s word, spending time to study and to meditate on God’s word, there is little or no struggle to please God. But anytime I take the word of God for granted because of busyness or work, I would soon begin to see the signs – stress, complaints, transfer of aggression, dissatisfaction, haste, procrastination, etc. I often know what was missing – my fellowship with God through His word was missing. That causes some distance and breaks down my intimacy with God. It also shows in my relationship with my wife, as she simply complains about me. She would see that something is not right. And thank God, He always want to have us back in fellowship. We should never hesitate to humble ourselves and ask God for forgiveness and restoration to fellowship with Him.
Meditating on God’s word is a prerequisite to being able to live a godly life. Meditating on God’s word opens up the word of God to us. It breaks forth the fountain of God’s voice within us. It unravels God’s word to us and breaks forth the light of His word in our heart. It keeps us in constant communion with the Lord, and keep our relationship with God always fresh.