When faced with the question, “Why do you meditate on scripture?” here is what Dietrich Bonhoeffer gives two answers. The first flows out of his identity in Christ….
Because I am a Christian. Therefore, every day in which I do not penetrate more deeply into the knowledge of God’s Word in Holy Scripture is a lost day for me. I can only move forward with certainty upon the firm ground of the Word of God. And, as a Christian, I learn to know the Holy Scripture in not other way than by hearing the Word preached and by prayerful meditation.
The second reason flows out of his vocation….
Because I am a preacher of the Word. I cannot expound the Scripture for others if I do not let it speak daily to me. I will misuse the Word in my office as preacher if I do not continue to meditated upon it in prayer. If the Word has become empty for me in my daily administrations, if I no longer experience it, that proves I have not let the Word speak personally to me for a long time. I will offend against my calling if I do not seek each day in prayer the word that my Lord wants to say to me for that day.
Fellow Christians and preachers, lets follow Bonhoeffer’s example and saturate ourselves in God’s Word.