Update: Edits added on 08/11/2020. Sadly, I had some seeker driver and purpose finding ideas in this post, and those needed to be edited out with better clarification.
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 words. Some other similar words 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.
Studying can be done through reading and through memorizing. As we know both of these methods are also shared in meditation.
Meditation of scripture can coincide with prayer time, the quiet time we have with Christ.
When we are spending time in prayer, I think Bible study is only part of meditation. 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.
To meditate on scripture I think it’s best we first ask God in prayer to help us with what we will read and mediate on.
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.”
Edit Note (08/11/2020): Be careful when memorizing scripture that you understood the context of the scripture. Not all scripture is about us.
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. Psalm is a great book to study for prayers.
Guard your hearts! Know and understand scripture so when you are questioned, or you are struggling you have verses of God’s word to put faith in and trust.
(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? Look up cross references and read some commentaries.
How does the history of God’s people or the early church connect? What are type and shadows we see in the Old and New Testament?
Scripture explains itself. Symbols used in one book often are consistent in other parts.
4. Understanding Scripture Relevant To Our Life
There are verses related to Christians of today, not all, but some are. Learning about sinful nature and how that affects us is important. The book of Romans can be really helpful for believers. Hebrews helps us understand the importance of what Jesus did on the cross for us.
5. How Does God/Christ Feel
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. Learn about the attributes of God!
6. Are We Living The Scripture
Are we actively following the commission of the saints? How can we work on this?
These are all things to consider and pray about as well. The Holy Spirit within true believers of Jesus Christ 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 prunes 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.
–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. 🙂
If you would like to learn about the atonement sacrifice, what Christ experienced on the cross, and how could a loving God kill His Son please see: Why Did A Loving God Kill His Son (Does God Hate?)
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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