Or maybe that’s just me. What do you picture?
After years of studying the Bible I came to realize that meditating on Scripture was nothing like I thought it was. It’s not a high, spiritualized concept that‘s really hard to accomplish, but is actually a very simple, achievable action.
Let’s take a look…
Throughout the Old and New Testaments the Lord places high value on meditating on Scripture day and night.
These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 NASB
This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Joshua 1:8 NASB
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8 NASB
Meditating on Scripture is the act of thoughtful lingering over God’s Word and its implications in our lives. Like a cow chewing its cud, we should meditate on the Word of God. First we eat the sustenance of the Bible by reading it regularly then we keep chewing and digesting it until the next time we go back to eat more.
This act of contemplating and internalizing the scriptures is nothing like the modern-day, mainstream meditation practices of reciting mantras or emptying minds. Rather, biblical meditation is the act of filling our thoughts throughout the day with scriptures and discerning its immediate implications.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers. Psalm 1:2-3 NASB
Choose today to nourish your soul by beginning a regular Quiet Time and meditating on the scriptures day and night.
Did you previously have an accurate understanding of biblical meditation? If not, write down the differences of your prior understanding to your new understanding as a safeguard against future misconstructions.
What important role does regularly reading the Bible have in productive biblical meditation?
SCRIPTURES FOR READING AND MEDITATION
“On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate. Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts, And I will tell of Your greatness.” Psalm 145:5-6 NASB
“Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have relieved me in my distress;
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.
O sons of men, how long will my honor become a reproach?
How long will you love what is worthless and aim at deception? Selah.
But know that the Lord has set apart the godly man for Himself;
The Lord hears when I call to Him.
Tremble, and do not sin;
Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
And trust in the Lord.
Many are saying, “Who will show us any good?”
Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O Lord!
You have put gladness in my heart,
More than when their grain and new wine abound.
In peace I will both lie down and sleep,
For You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety.” Psalm 4 NASB
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