|The Objectives of Meditation
(1) Worship—It is designed to focus on the Lord and His works (Ps. 27:4;
77:12). It is a place and space in our lives for communion with God. It is a
means of elevating the spiritual over the material world and the world of
activity: the world of hustle and bustle and coming and going.
(2) Instruction—It is designed to improve our understanding of the Word
and God’s ways as it applies to our lives (Ps. 49:3 [i.e., understanding
comes from the meditations of his heart]; 119:27, 97f). In meditation we
exchange our thoughts with God's.
(3) Motivation or Encouragement—It is designed to motivate and inspire us
in service and courage for the works God has called us to do (Josh. 1:7-8)
(4) Transformation—It is designed to transform and change our lives. This
would apply to all the above (Ps. 4:4; 19:14; 119:15; Rom. 12:2; Col. 3:1f).
In Joshua 1:8, God promised Joshua success as part of the fruit of his
meditation on the Word, but this has nothing to do with the prosperity
mentality of the positive thinking and eastern meditation that is so present
today in New Age thinking where, through positive thinking, one is able to
control his or her destiny. Rather this is the success of obedient and godly
living which experiences God’s provision and deliverance from the enemies
of this life. It is not a guarantee against trials and pain.