I woke up with this verse from Psalm 119:67 which says, “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word.” The Amplified says, “…now Your word I keep (hearing, receiving, loving, obeying).”
The affliction was the direct result of going astray. Psalm 119:10 says, “With my whole heart I have sought You; oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!” Wander means to go astray.
Meditating keeps our heart from straying. To stay means to move without a specific purpose. Joshua 1:8 says to observe to do so that you will proser and have good success. Meditating has purpose and is intentional. Is is God’s manna provision for success. Psalm 1:3 says the result of meditating is that everything we do will prosper.
Luke 4:4 says, “…Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” This is quoted from Deuteronomy 8:3. The manna was gathered each morning. It was their sustenance. Meditating is our daily sustenance. Fresh bread through communion with Him through His word.