But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law, he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:2 (NKJV)

Have you ever considered the idea that reading and meditating on the Psalms for meaningful periods could have some effects in your life? Reading and meditating on the Psalms is quite different from recitation, as this involves deliberately carving out quiet time to study a portion of the Psalms to see what it really means for our lives. When we do this and ask the Lord to explain His Word to us, we can then focus our thoughts on the verses we have read as we go through our daily tasks and chores. This practice will expand our understanding of the Scripture and make it more real to us.

Over time, three things (among others) happen when we read and meditate on the Psalms for meaningful periods. First, it humbles us before God. For instance, David wrote Psalm 51 after he had committed grievous sins against God, and this Psalm shows us that we cannot be hypocritical in our relationship with the Lord, because He knows all things (Hebrews 4:13). There is no need to hide anything from the Lord; rather, we should sincerely ask Him for help in instances where we fail or falter (1 John 3:20-21).

Secondly, meditating on the Psalms will raise our reverence for the Lord, as they describe the greatness of God (Psalm 8:1-9), and the vastness of His excellence in creating the entire Universe. It is indescribably amazing to think that this same God resides in us (Romans 8: 11)! Thirdly, meditating on the Psalms deepens our trust in God's ability to deliver us at all times (Psalm 34:19), for they show us God's power at work in those who believe in Him (Psalm 27:1).

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