September 3: Meditate – with Psalm 119!

On our last day of focusing on praying by meditating, we’re returning to Psalm 119. Of the 20 times in the Bible the word “meditate” or a variant is used, 7 are in Psalm 119.

  • [15] I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
  • [23] Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.
  • [48] My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.
  • [78] Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.
  • [97] O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
  • [99] I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.
  • [148] Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.

Notice the often used phrase “I will” – a dedication to the practice of meditation. It’s not something that happens unintentionally, it requires an intentional, volitional act.

V. 148 is interesting. This verse is actually used as the context for Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary:

PREVENT‘, verb transitive [Latin proevenio, supra.]

1. To go before; to precede.

I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried. Psalms 119:148.

Let’s get up early and meditate on God’s Word!

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