The ‘Why’ Of Meditation


As we consider the discipline (and art) of meditating on God’s Word, it’s easy to focus mostly on the how of it. Of course, we need to learn the basics and some practical ideas for approaching this time. But just as important as the how of meditating is the why.

Like I said, for many years I had no idea that God not only approved of meditation, but that He calls us to do it. When I understood that, I plunged into learning the proper methods. I tried so hard to think about scripture that my brain hurt, and each session left me a little tired. That didn’t seem right.

What had happened was that I was so worried about “doing meditation right” that it was nothing more than an  exercise for me, a box on my list of duties that I needed to check off.  The how of it had become my focus, but I also needed a vision as to why mediation was important.

Joshua 1:8 clearly lays out for us both the command to meditate on scripture and what it will do in us and for us as well:

Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

This verse really describes a process:

  • Treating God’s Word as important
  • Thinking about God’s Word continually
  • Following God’s Word consistently
  • Experiencing the blessings God’s Word brings into our lives


What kind of success should we expect? Well, it’s not so much worldly gain, although when we do things God’s way they tend to go better for us. Think more of the ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ the Apostle Paul mentions, like peace, joy, and contentment. This kind of prosperity is longer-lasting and more satisfying to our hearts.

Do you see both the how and the why of meditation? If so, are you setting aside time to practice it?