Today’s Bible Verse

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”

Psalm 1:1-3

Meditate on the Word

Let us focus on the word, meditate. The reason the “blessed man” is successful and likened to a planted, fruitful tree is because he meditates. In the Hebrew language, the word for mediate is hagah. It means to mutter, to utter, to speak, to whisper. Hagah also alludes to the idea of a cow chewing the cud, the process of a cow regurgitating and rechewing its food. The food passes through each stomach compartment, and all the nutrients and water are extracted from the grass eaten by the cow.

To meditate on the Word is to extract the spiritual nutrients and water from God’s Word. For example, when reading through a chapter in the Bible, I notice verses, phrases, and sometimes words that stick out to me. I begin to softly mutter those words. The volume of my voice is not relevant. The main thing is that I speak those words. What I am doing is chewing the cud, meditating.

Something to Think About

The first mention of the word mediate was in Joshua chapter 1. It is when God tells Joshua that He would take the children of Israel into the promised land. God told Joshua, “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” (Joshua 1:8).

The results of meditating on God’s Word will bring prosperity and success. Notice God wasn’t going to make Joshua’s journey prosperous or successful apart from Joshua doing his part by meditating. The scripture you meditate on might not have anything to do with the situation that you are going through now; however, it may be a seed for a strategy you need for the future. Let’s practice meditating on Psalm 1. (Jonathan Vasquez)

Today’s Declaration

I am like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season. My leaf does not wither, and whatever I do prospers.

Today’s Bible Reading

Our Bible Reading Plan gives 25 daily readings per month. There is no scheduled reading for today. You can use this time to catch up on any readings you may have missed, or read through previous passages again.