Thursday, October 18, 2012

How to Meditate on the Bible

The term “meditation” simply means continued or extended thought, reflection or contemplation. Bible believing Christians are encouraged to meditate day and night on the Word of God. Psalm 1:2 says that such meditation is a delight. David wrote a whole lot about meditation. One of the many places where he describes meditation is on Psalm 63. He is lying on his bed awake and thinking of God through the night. What an amazing visual!
I hope I haven’t lost you because you may think that David, super spiritual as he was, must have this meditation thing under his belt from birth. That’s how come he was a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22), right? The truth of the matter is: if you know how to worry, you know how to meditate. Meditation is simply thinking of something over and over.
Here are a few tips on how to meditate on the Bible:

1. Memorization - if you memorize a Bible verse, you’ll have life inside of you. It will be easy to remember when you go through different circumstances in life. It will be accessible when you want to share it with others in conversation. Some people are better memorizing scripture than others but all of us could at least memorize our favorite Bible verse, correct? Here’s another strong case for memorization: all of us know the lyrics to some song. You can sing it anywhere, correct? How much more powerful, memorizing Scripture it is. The Word of God is living, active, extremely sharp, an amazing light to our path. Memorization of the Word will also influence your vocabulary.

2. Write it down in visible places - when my husband and I first got married we lived in a very small studio apartment. We wrote different scriptures in 8.5X11 paper and we hung it everywhere: the bathroom, the little kitchen space, the little closet... Those verses were a constant reminder of God’s promises and they gave us immediate hope. Recently I wrote several Bible verses on peace and hung it in a place where I can see often. When anxiety tries to overcome me, I read one of those verses and think about them over and over.  

3. Read it more than once - I love reading devotionals. They are very uplifting in the morning but somehow, they lose their effect on me when I go throughout my day and start dealing with real life. If I read a devotional more than once, I gain more encouragement and I am able to learn something different. Even if all I do is go back to the Bible verse, I can find a Word from God to uplift my spirit.

I want to close this post by giving you a few more Bible verses on meditation. I pray that instead of worrying you choose to meditate on God’s amazing promises today.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
“My mouth shall speak wisdom, And the meditation of my heart shall give understanding.” Psalm 49:3
“Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation” Psalm 64:1
“May my meditation be sweet to Him; I will be glad in the LORD.” Psalm 104:34
“Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.” Psalm 119:97
“I have more understanding than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation.” Psalm 119:99