The discipline of meditation involves first having God’s Word, then reading it, studying it, memorizing it, considering its meaning for you, and acting on it. Here Joshua focuses on the final steps of this sequence.
Pagan meditation invites people to empty their minds through repetition of phrases without content. In sharp contrast, God wants us to do our finest mental work-to listen intently to His Word for us-by examining words and phrases from scripture, looking for patterns, principles, and applications that address our life needs. Biblical meditation includes prayer. We can pray as the psalmist did, “I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11). This kind of meditation immerses us in God’s Word so that it informs and motivates us through all the troubles and opportunities life presents.
JOSHUA 1:8 – 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.