Meditating on the Word of God


It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” —MATTHEW 4:4

Psalm 119:11 says, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You!”

You get revelation from studying and meditating on the Word of God. Revelation drives out the rulers of darkness that try to control your life. Revelation from the Word causes you to see what is hidden from the natural eye. Revelation will give you understanding of the mysteries of God. You will begin to walk in a level of understanding that is not common without revelation. This is a significant tool for victory in spiritual warfare and sustaining success in life.

Meditation on the Word keeps your spirit free from entanglements of the enemy and in tune, aligned, and walking the right path.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. —PSALM 119:105


Being bound by demonic strongholds and oppressive spirits has a way of keeping you in a place of lack and failure.

Success, victory, and breakthrough become a way of life when you see true deliverance and learn to maintain that deliverance.

Prosperity means that you will not lack any good thing the Lord has designed for you.

Prosperity is the key benefit to being in covenant with God. In the Old Testament, there are several Hebrew words for the word ‘meditate’ but the main word is the word ‘hagah’ which literally means ‘mutter.’

It can be noted from these Scriptures that meditation does indicate the use of the mouth as an instrument to mutter or speak God’s Word.

Muttering and meditating upon the Word of God, until it becomes alive in our spirits, is the key to actualizing the promises of God. Muttering (Hebrew hagah, “mutter”) upon the Word of God day and night is likened to a tree planted by the rivers of water absorbing and drawing water into its system through its roots (Ps. 1:3).

Joshua 1:8 says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth.”

This does not mean you are to keep the Word in your mouth, but rather you are to speak it out your mouth. It should not be away from your lips at any time. Continually speak it. Everyone knows how to mutter. To mutter means to speak things quietly or under your breath, speaking to yourself, regardless of whether people are present to hear you. You may mutter while you are driving your car, or maybe while you are shopping.

The Hebrew word for meditate found in Joshua 1:8 is translated “to speak” in the following verses:

• “For the mouth shall speak [or meditate] truth” (Prov. 8:7, KJV).

• “And my tongue shall speak [or meditate] of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long” (Ps. 35:28, KJV).

• “The mouth of the righteous speaketh [meditate] wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment” (Ps. 37:30, KJV).

Dennis Burke has written a great book called How to Meditate God’s Word. His teaching likens meditation to chewing the cud:

To muse means to “ponder, consider, and study closely.” This is the aspect of meditation that most people are aware of: taking hold of a promise or a truth and going over it again and again; not going over it in order to memorize it, but squeezing out all the richness; thinking on it and allowing it to wash through your inner man.

The most vivid illustration I can give of musing is a cow chewing her cud. A cow grazes through the pasture, finds an abundance of tasty grass, chews it, and finally swallows it. Later, up comes the chewed grass to chew again (I know what you’re thinking . . . but you have to admit—it is a good example!). Each time the cow brings up the old cud and chews it, she is refining it and making it more and more a part of her system. She chews all the nutrients out of it; the stems and stalk are removed until it is consumed into her body.

This is the most descriptive, powerful example of meditation. Treat the Word of God just as a cow chews her cud. Feed on a scripture over and over again, swallow it, then bring it back up again, going over it again and again. Each time you chew on it, you are demanding all the nutrients out of it, making it more and more a part of your being.

Meditation is the process of chewing on the Word. We take a scripture, speak it, think on it, and then we do it again. This is the biblical way to get the Word into your system and to receive revelation and understanding. To meditate means “to ponder, regurgitate, think aloud, consider continuously and utter something over and over again.”

Rumination—a cow chews something up and stores it up for later. The cow ruminates in perfect timing without waste. She squeezes the nourishment out of it. We transfer the life of Christ into us in a similar manner. This is so key in maintaining our deliverance!

The dictionary defines “meditate” as to “think about something deeply, to reflect on it or to ponder on it.”

The definition of “muse” however, is not just to meditate on something but to comment upon it, to ruminate upon it—like a cow chewing the cud.

“Meditate” or “muse”—Hebrew word siyach—means to put forth, meditate, muse, commune, speak, complain, ponder, sing, study, talk.

Your meditation is also what you are speaking, muttering, singing, complaining about, or pondering.

Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. —PSALM 5:1

My meditation is connected to the words of my mouth.

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. —PSALM 19:14

My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding. —PSALM 49:3

My meditation should cause gladness.

My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD. —PSALM 104:34, KJV

My meditation is on what I love.

O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day. —PSALM 119:97, KJV

My meditation gives understanding.

I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. —PSALM 119:99, KJV

My meditation brings success.

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. —JOSHUA 1:8, KJV

My meditation is what I delight in.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. —PSALM 1:2, KJV

My meditation is at night.

When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. —PSALM 63:6, KJV


Joshua 1:8 is the only place the word success is found in the King James translation. Success is the Hebrew word sakal, meaning to be prudent, be circumspect, to act wisely, to understand, to prosper, give attention to, consider, ponder, to have insight, have comprehension, to act circumspectly, act prudently.

We can see from this verse that meditation is connected to wisdom. Meditation will help you access the wisdom of God. The key to success is wisdom.

Wisdom is one of the greatest benefits of meditating in the Word of God.

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. —PROVERBS 4:7, KJV

The Good News Translation says it this way:

Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do. Whatever else you get, get insight. —PROVERBS 4:7 Wisdom is best; wisdom is supreme.

Wisdom is the first and primary thing you need to succeed in life.

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her. —PROVERBS 3:13–18, KJV

These verses emphasize the value of wisdom. It is more precious than rubies. Nothing compares to wisdom. Wisdom results in long life. Wisdom brings you to riches and honor. Wisdom leads to peace. Wisdom promotes happiness. This is what biblical meditation will produce in your life. Wisdom produces riches and honor. Wisdom will cause you to inherit substance. Wisdom will fill your treasures. (See Proverbs 8:18–21.)

When you find wisdom, you will find life. You will obtain the favor of the Lord (Prov. 8:35). This is also in line with the benefits of being in covenant with God.


When you are set free through deliverance, your spirit is made alive to the things of God. Meditation keeps you from falling back into a place of darkness and oppression that cuts you off from God. Meditation maintains your position of abiding in the vine—the place of fruitfulness and life. Meditation on the Word of God is also an act of constantly keeping before you the image and character of God. This brings life to your mortal body (Rom. 8:11) and keeps you in a constant state of getting stronger and becoming more alive in Christ. By contemplating the glory of God, we go from glory to glory and faith to faith (2 Cor. 3:18). By beholding, by meditating on God’s Word, we become changed and immune to the traps of the enemy.


I will meditate also of all the Lord’s work and talk of His doings (Ps. 77:12).

I will meditate on the Lord’s precepts and contemplate His ways (Ps. 119:15).

Princes also did sit and speak against me, but I meditate on the Lord’s statutes (Ps. 119:23).

Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts (Ps. 119:78).

My eyes are awake during the night watches, that I may meditate on the Lord’s Word (Ps. 119:148).

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands (Ps. 143:5).

I meditate upon these things; give myself wholly to them; that my profiting may appear to all (1 Tim. 4:15).

I love the law of the Lord; it is my meditation all the day (Ps. 119:97).

The law of precepts, so I shall meditate on His wonderful works (Ps. 119:27).

I will remember the days of old and meditate on all the Lord’s works. I will muse on the work of Your hands (Ps. 143:5).

I will lift my hands up to the Lord’s commandments, which I love, and will meditate on His statutes (Ps. 119:48).

A book of remembrance will be written for me, who fears the Lord and meditates on His name (Mal. 3:16).

I will meditate on the book of the law day and night (Josh. 1:8).