One of the best biblical illustrations of using meditation to gain insight into God’s Word comes from Asaph, the author of Psalms 77 and 78. We find him in Psalm 77 terribly anxious, so distraught that he couldn’t sleep:
Psalms 77:2 NLT When I was in deep trouble, I searched for the Lord. All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven, but my soul was not comforted.
How often does fear steal our sleep? Fear is like a hand that reaches into our chests, squeezing our hearts. This hand has strong fingers—anxiety, worry, anger, depression, obsession, compulsion, discouragement, jealousy, foreboding, phobia, timidity, mistrust, and that nagging sense of unease.
When Asaph found himself unable to sleep, caught in the clutches of fear and worry, he meditated:
In his meditations he asked himself some questions and pondered the answers:
Psalms 77:7-8 NLT Has the Lord rejected me forever? Will he never again be kind to me? Is his unfailing love gone forever? Have his promises permanently failed?
Then Asaph began answering his own questions by reviewing God’s faithfulness in the past.
Psalms 77:10-12 NLT And I said, “This is my fate; the Most High has turned his hand against me.” But then I recall all you have done, O Lord ; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago. They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works.