If for anyone else, this question was for me.
I was not familiar with the words meditate and scripture being together. Pour over scripture, yes. But after reading so many wonderful posts from all of you, I’ve realized this word combo is not secretive.
So, what does it mean to meditate?
How can we do this with scripture?
Is it only one thing or multiple. These were the answers I sought out, and I am pleased to share them with you today.
Meditate– To meditate means to think deeply for a period of time. This can be in silence or it can include chanting. Others words similar can be reflected, contemplate, or chew on.
In my How To Study The Bible series I covered a lot of the aspects of meditation and scripture without knowing. However, meditating on scripture, I personally feel, is different than pure Bible study.
Studying can be done through reading and through memorizing. As we know both of these methods are also shared in meditation. But the difference with meditation is the connection we should aim for.
Meditation of scripture I feel works closely with prayer time, the quiet time we have with Christ.
When we are inviting Him in, and spending time with Him, I think Bible study is only part of meditation. It shouldn’t be the whole thing. That’s why bible studying can be set apart. (And in this regard, I think this is more of my opinion, so please feel free to disagree.)
The reason I say this is because meditation is about focusing deeply. It makes sense that focus shouldn’t only be focused on us learning scripture, but also given to God purely as well. No other distractions. Just a simple quietness of our soul and mind. To be in awe.
To meditate on scripture I think it’s best we first meditate on God and His Spirit. Open ourselves up to Him. Listen. Then we can be ready to open with scripture and meditate on His word.
There are a number of ways to meditate on God’s word, and I found these methods really helpful.
1. Repeating/Memorizing scripture
Find scripture you don’t know. Scripture you would like to memorize. Scripture that can be used as a sword and a shield. One of the ones I started to repeat I used in last week’s post.
(ESV) Isaiah 40:29, “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.”
Use the scripture in your prayer. Plead out to God. Repeat the scripture over and over. Not for the sake of being heard. Not for the sake of appearing good, but because we need to believe the words. We need to be equipped. We need to trust God and His promises.
Guard your hearts!
(NLT) Proverbs 4:23, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
2. Understand Its Context
What is the scripture talking about? How does the scripture connect to the situation it is in? What is the speaker saying?
Parables– If reading a parable, consider the symbolism. Do we see what God or Christ is saying before revealed? (Yes, there are parables in the Old Testament too 🙂 )
Jesus Speaking– Remember His time is limited. He doesn’t waste His time when He speaks. There is always a reason.
These questions help us focus on the overall message.
3. Connect The Scripture To Other Parts Of The Bible
Do we recall other parts of the bible that speak of this? Do we see any symbolism?
How does the history of God’s people or the early church connect?
Scripture explains itself. Symbols used in one book will be consistent in other parts. When we are told to let our yes be yes, and our no be no we are to be consistent. God’s word is the same.
4. Connect Scripture Relevant To Now and Our Life
Scripture relates to us because it is living. It is fruitful. It is all part of the hand of God. Those who are seeking God’s voice will hear it.
5. How Does God/Christ Feel
So often we are too focused on ourselves. We don’t always consider God Himself. Why did He say what He did? Was He happy? Was He hurting? Consider God during the times of His people not listening. Consider Christ walking with believers who hated Him.
6. Are We Living The Scripture
Are we actively doing what we read? How can we work on this?
These are all things to consider and pray about as well. The Holy Spirit within us lives in our soul’s temple. He is ready to prick our spirit, convict us, refine us, and help us be fruitful. When we’re fruitful, God will prune us so we can be more fruitful.
(NLT) Psalm 119:34, “Give me understanding and I will obey your instructions; I will put them into practice with all my heart.”
Knowing all of these parts of meditation can increase our knowledge of scripture, connection to Christ, and strengthen our prayer time.
If struggling with prayer itself, check out the book of Psalms. There are a multitude of prayers you can repeat for yourself and give to God. 🙂
–Possess His Promises did a wonderful post about Psalm 23 in regards to prayer, I highly recommend checking this post out as a visual guide. 🙂
Meditation allows us to be open and willing. Be willing to be broken before God. Afterall, He molds the broken pieces into a mosaic.
One whole, beautiful piece.
What are some of your favorite scriptures to use for prayer and meditation?
(The article that I found to help me was from Biblegate you can click the article here.)
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