Theologian James Packer defines meditation like this: it is “calling to mind, thinking over, dwelling on, and applying to oneself the various things one knows about—the works, theways, and purposes of God.” He says, meditation “is an activity of holy thought, consciously performed in the presence of God, under the eye of God, as a means of communication with God.” David, the author of Psalm 20, knew that meditating upon God builds trust in God. So he composed a prayer for his nation to pray as he, their king, prepared to fight the enemies of God. He went out expecting victory because he had spent time meditating upon God, God’s will, and God’s attributes. He says, “Now I know that the LORD rescues his anointed king. He will answer him from his holy heaven and rescue him by his great power. Some nations boast of their chariots and horses, but we boast in the name of the LORD our God. Those nations will fall down and collapse, but we will rise up and stand firm.” David had learned from experience that confidence in God’s power and love to rescue us grows from meditation upon God. His confidence to confront the lion, the bear, and Goliath, came from spending time with God. Meditating upon God and upon what God has revealed in His word can enhance our faith in Him today.
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