What are the rewards of meditating on Scripture?
The Lord offers a host of rich rewards for those who meditate on His Word, including success, wisdom, faith, fellowship, and victory over sin.
God uses the words good success to describe the rewards that He will give to those who walk in obedience to His ways and meditate on His Word day and night. The Lord instructed Joshua, who led the children of Israel into the Promised Land, with these words: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1:8).
David contrasts the destructive results of following the false philosophies of men with the prosperity that comes from meditating on God’s Word and obeying it: “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away” (Psalm 1:1–4).
God is infinite wisdom. It is no wonder that those who engraft His words and thoughts into their hearts and minds will share in God’s wisdom. The Apostle Paul wrote this instruction to believers in Colosse: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16). The word dwell means “to live in us and become a part of our inward being.” As you hide God’s Word in your heart and meditate on it, you will learn and understand God’s ways.
Scripture states that without faith it is impossible to please God (see Hebrews 11:6), but how can you get faith? It comes through hearing God’s Word. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). As you memorize and meditate on God’s Word, God will increase your faith in Him.
After delivering to the disciples the commandments He received from His heavenly Father, Jesus stated, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” (John 14:21). As you learn the commands of Christ and meditate on them, the Lord will make Himself known to you.
Victory Over Sin
The Word of God is a powerful, two-edged sword. When used correctly, it overcomes the attacks of Satan. Jesus demonstrated this truth in the wilderness when He used Scripture to overcome Satan’s temptations. Three times, Jesus said, “It is written … ,” and three times Satan was defeated. Engraft God’s Word so that you, too, can have victory over sin.
David affirmed the relationship between knowing God’s Word and conquering sin when he wrote, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11).
Meditating on God’s Word is to the soul what getting under a shower is to the body. Cleansing of the mind, will, and emotions is an essential component of sanctification: being set apart for service to God. Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). Jesus said, “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you” (John 15:3).
The Apostle James declared, “Receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21). Follow this instruction and begin today to meditate on the Word of God. As you do, your life will be blessed with increased faith and wisdom and rich fellowship with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.