“My heart was hot within me; while I was musing, the fire burned. Then I spoke with my tongue” (Psalm 39:3).
'Reading of Scripture' is similar to how a cow feeds on grass. "Meditating' is how a cow brings back the cud to the mouth and chews again before finally swallowing. If you want to extract the full benefit of reading the Scripture, you will also have to meditate on the portions read. When you meditate that way, your heart will become fiery and this will help in praying.
The saints of both the New and the Old Testaments meditated the majesty and greatness of God. They meditated on the powers and miraculous deeds of God. They abided by the law and meditated His Word.
Isaac went out to meditate in the field in the evening (Genesis 24:63). David also had the habit of getting up early in the morning and meditate the Word of God (Psalm 119: 148). What was the counsel given by God to Joshua? “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8). Do you notice the blessing which we attain through meditating?
While writing to Timothy, Paul the Apostle writes, “Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all” (I Timothy 4:15). Meditate the Scripture.
The Scripture says, “Blessed is the man who...But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law, he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither and whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalm 1:1, 2, 3).
David says, “When I remember you on my bed, I meditate on you in the night watches” (Psalm 63:6). “May my meditation be sweet to Him; I will be glad in the Lord” (Psalm 104:34). “My eyes are awake through the night watches that I may meditate on your word” (Psalm 119:148). “I remember the days of old; I meditate on all your works; I muse on the work of your hands” (Psalm 143:5).
Dear children of God, your life will be blessed when you meditate the Scripture. God will elevate you to the position of yielding fruits. There is no particular time for meditating. You can keep on meditating the majesty and greatness of God at all times.
To meditate: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer”(Psalm 19:14).