January 7: Meditation and Confession

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

Psalms 1:1-3

1 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.

Today’s opening Scripture reveals to us the basic ingredients of biblical meditation: Confession and cogitation/deep thinking. Meditating in the Word of God requires putting the Word in our mouth, which is confession. It says the Word shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night. Confessing the Word day and night (consistently) therefore initiates meditating in the Word continually. Meditation without confession is frustration. There is no such thing as meditating on God’s Word without confessing it. God told Joshua, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shall meditate upon it day and night…” Note that he was to keep the Word in his mouth continually to be able to meditate in the Word.

Biblical meditation begins with confession of the Word. When you confess the Word consistently, it opens your mind up to the Spirit of God for divine revelation. Our thoughts in meditation ought to come from our confession of the Word. We are not to remain quiet and shut our eyes and just travel in thoughts without confessing the Word. That’s eastern religion, not Christianity. Meditation in Christianity is speaking God’s Word to yourself long enough until thoughts about the confessed Word begin to stream through your mind, informing and forming your understanding unto wisdom. Biblical or scriptural meditative thoughts come from spoken or confessed words, from the Word of God. When we meditate in the Word, we become wise to act on the Word. God’s wisdom is unleashed to the doer of the Word. In fact, wisdom is walking in the light of the Word; it is doing the Word. As you meditate in the Word, you become wise to deal wisely in all the affairs of life. That’s what it takes to walk in the wisdom of God. As long as you keep speaking the Word to yourself in confession, your mind will be stayed on the Word. You steer your mind in the direction of your mouth. Your mouth, your confession, is the pathway of your meditation. The words of your mouth and the meditation of your heart are blessed in Jesus’ Name!

My Solid Front (Confession): 

In the Name of Jesus Christ, I declare that I’m open to God’s Word and I engage the mind of Christ through constant meditation and confession of God’s Word. Amen.

Further Meditation:

1 Timothy 4:15; 1 Corinthians 2:16.