For many years I've read Joshua 1:8 and Psalm 1:2 that speaks of one meditating on God's law or word both day and night and have always thought this meant to just sit quietly and only thinking about the word of God. When I first heard about soaking, I initially thought this was the same as meditating and was surprised to find out there was a difference.
The word meditate comes from a Hebrew word Hagah which means to moan, to growl, to utter, to muse, to mutter or to whisper.
The word soak that associates us with something God wants to do to us is found in several scriptures:
Jeremiah 31:14 - And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the LORD .
Jeremiah 31:25 - For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.
The word satiate here comes from the Hebrew word ravah meaning to be saturated or soaked; some active definitions of this word ravah means to be in a drunken or intoxicated state; it means to drench; to water abundantly or to cause to drink.
John and Carol Arnott, founding Pastors of Catch The Fire (formerly known as the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship) and overseers of the Partners in Harvest Network of Churches said this about Soaking in an article posted by Sid Roth about (12) years ago:
During previous revivals people referred to soaking as “waiting on the Lord” or “tarrying” as they lingered expecting God’s revival blessings. Although “soaking” includes waiting on the Lord, in this present move of the Spirit, it means much more than that. To “soak” in God’s presence is to rest in His love rather than to “strive” in prayer. As the person receiving a touch from God begins to connect with the reality of the Holy Spirit’s presence, he often responds by falling or simply lying on the floor. As he rests expectantly in God’s presence, often the Holy Spirit hovers over the person to reveal more of God’s love and to renew and repair areas of a person’s life. As the believer soaks in God’s presence, the Lord takes control and begins to draw his attention to God’s word either in the scriptures or through internal audible impressions or pictures he sees in his mind’s eye.
David said this about soaking in Psalm 36:7-9 - How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
The word satisfied in verse (8) here comes from the same word satiate, rooted from the Hebrew word ravah meaning soaked.
God mentioned the word satiate again in Jeremiah 31:25-26 – For I have satiated (ravah=soaked) the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul. Upon this I awaked, and beheld; and my sleep was sweet unto me. When reading this in the proper context of scripture, God soaks the weary soul while in a resting state.
The word satiate is also found in the word watered that is used in Isaiah 55:10 – For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth (ravah=soaked) the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater.
In the prophetic, we as a people are symbolic of the earth. So as a result of us just simply resting or soaking, we are allowing the Holy Spirit bring forth God's love in us and bud, meaning at some point in our lives, we will have something to prove or to show that God is involved in the act of soaking. The soaker will benefit from soaking which symbolizes God giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater which symbolizes a fulfilling of those who want to be fed with God's love.
Here's one last set of scriptures that I'd like to share with you on soaking in Jeremiah 31:10-14:
Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock. For the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he. Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all. Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the LORD.
When God revealed soaking to the body of Christ, this act of faith was harshly criticized and labeled as something demonic. This is why you have to study and research what people do and to search the scriptures for yourself. Soaking is so important to all Spirit filled believers because it’s a sure way of coming into our sonship with the Father, being endowed in His love, all of which by means of us spending quality time with Holy Spirit. For years I had the wrong understanding about meditating on his word and it wasn't until was introduced to something else called "soaking" that I actually took the time to study what soaking was.
It really made sense to me as a believer that this was something God wanted his people to be involved in.