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How To Mediate On God’s Word (The Right Way) & Why It’s Important

Meditation is required of the Christian. Unfortunately, there are a lot of false teachings that encourage meditation in a sinful manner. If we do not understand meditation properly, then we can be misled. Last year, I did a series on Christian Mysticism.

Christian Mysticism encourages meditating outside of the word of God and trying to listen for God in our mind and in silence. This is not the proper way to meditate. The goal of my Christian Mysticism series was to point out that we need to stop trying to seek God so much outside of scripture. If we want answers, then we need to go to the place that God has already given us. The Bible is living and breathing.

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Why Do We Need To Meditate On God’s Word?

As I shared in my post covering Christian Mysticism, the Word of God:

  • is Breathed out by God
  • is Living 
  • is Active 
  • is Profitable for teaching
  • is Profitable for reproof
  • Corrects
  • Trains in righteousness
  • Completes a person of God
  • Equips a person of God for every good work
  • is Sharper than a two edged sword
  • Divides the soul and spirit 
  • Divides the joints and marrow
  • Discerns thoughts and intentions of the heart

See Hebrews 4:12 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

Commanded To Meditate On God’s Word

We do not need to seek God in vague ways when He has promised us that His word is strong and solid enough to teach us and guide us. He commands us in His word to medtate on what He has said. Please consider the following:

  • (ESV) Psalm 1:02-03, “but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”
  • (ESV) Psalm 143:05, “I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands.”
  • (ESV) Psalm 86:11, “Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.”
  • (ESV) Psalm 119
    • (V. 15) I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.
    • (V.23) Even though princes sit plotting against me, your servant will meditate on your statutes.
    • (V. 35) Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.
    • (V. 48) I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.
    • (V. 78) Let the insolent be put to shame, because they have wronged me with falsehood; as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.
    • (V. 98) Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me.
    • (V. 130) The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.
    • (V. 161) Princes persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of your words.”
  • (ESV) Psalm 23:03, “He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
  • (ESV) Proverbs 25:04, “Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.”
  • (ESV) Proverbs 1:07, ”The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
  • (ESV) Psalm 111:10, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!”
  • (ESV) 2 Timothy 3:15, ”and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”
  • (ESV) Psalm 37:30, “The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.”

We Need Faith In Jesus To Understand His Word Correctly

Scripture promises that if we have wisdom, we will be able to follow and understand the Lord. Now, I’ve shared the importance and connection of righteousness and wisdom before. We cannot be wise unless we have received Jesus. See: Righteousness Points To Jesus | Christ In The Old Testament & What Wisdom Is, What It Hates & How It Existed Before Creation

Those who believe Christ took on our sins and the wrath of God for all who put their faith in Him, Christ sends His Holy Spirit to indwell in them. (See: Why Did A Loving God Kill His Son? (Does God Hate?)) The Holy Spirit helps direct us to the truth of Jesus Christ and the words of Christ, His teachings. (John 16:08)

Righteousness, knowledge, truth, wisdom and much more come from Jesus Christ. We need Christ in order to understand Christ. Read all of chapter 2 of Proverbs and see the benefits of wisdom. This knowledge is not one that puffs up. Godly wisdom is a righteous knowledge and guides us to the truth of God and helps us understand His ways. And only the Lord can help us.

(ESV) James 1:04-06, “And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.“

Notice how wisdom and the maturity of a Christian are connected? We are to ask the Lord for help in understanding, and the Lord promises to give us His truth. Where do we find these answers? In scripture. How does the Holy Spirit guide us? Through the teachings of Jesus that we can find in scripture.

So, how can we begin to properly seek Him and meditate on His word?

What Does It Mean To Meditate?

In their article, ”What Does The Bible Say About Meditation?” Got Questions answer,

“Joshua was commanded to meditate on God’s law day and night in order to have godly success in his endeavors (Joshua 1:8). David speaks of his love for and subsequent meditation on the law (Psalm 119:97). The Bible also mentions people meditating on what God’s Word reveals about God: His works (Psalm 143:5), deeds (Psalm 119:27), promises (Psalm 119:148), and unfailing love (Psalm 48:9). Meditation in the Bible involves a pondering of God’s Word and a deep reflection upon its truths.

https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-meditation.html

In a separate article on, ”How Can I Meditate On God’s Word?” Got Questions say,

“In the ancient Hebrew world, meditation always involved exercising and engaging the mind. Thomas Watson, a seventeenth-century Puritan minister, devoted much of his life to biblical meditation, both practicing it and teaching about it. He aptly defined the discipline in his book Heaven Taken by Storm as “an holy exercise of the mind, whereby we bring the truths of God to remembrance, and do seriously ponder upon them, and apply them to our selves.”

https://www.gotquestions.org/meditate-on-Gods-Word.html

In an interview regarding what kind of meditation to avoid, Mike Winger explains meditation Biblically comes from the meaning of ”chewing on the cud” something that is regurgitated and chewed again. He makes the point our culture does not typically hold this meaning, and when meditation relates to mindlessness and/or Eastern Mysticism we have a problem. (See also: Contemplative Prayer/Spirituality | What You Need To Know About That “Still, Small Voice” for more explanation)

Meditation involves focusing on the word of God. Seeking God outside of the Bible is not Biblical meditation. Meditation involves critical thinking and deep study regarding the Lord, His ways, His nature, and His truth. For this reason, we cannot meditate properly if we are not seeking the Lord in scripture. Outside sources, like emptying our mind, listening for whispers or audible voices are not going to help us focus on the truth the Lord has already laid out in the Bible for us. In fact, these methods could invite demonic voices presenting a false Christ and a false Gospel.

Meditating on the Word of God Involves:

  • Reading Scripture
  • Focusing on small pieces at a time such as:
    • Nature of God
    • Attributes of God
    • Context of scripture, what is really being said here
    • Thinking over a particular verse
    • Considering more contextual meaning through cross-references
    • What does this say about the Gospel message? Remember, the whole Bible is about the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.
    • How does a scripture apply to the Christian? *Note: everything in the Bible will apply to the truth of Christ, but not everything in the Bible is meant to apply to our life (unless we are focusing on the truth of Christ.) We are not David, for example, and we are not fighting giants. But David and Goliath is type and shadow of Christ conquering sin.
  • Repeating – Reread. Rewrite the same notes – you might notice something you haven’t before. Keep praying for wisdom from the Lord to be revealed in His Holy word
  • Fellowship with others in Bible study. Meditate together on the word of God.

Meditation should always be followed with prayer. There’s so much to pray about and give thanks for. As we study the truth of God and mystery of Jesus Christ, may our spirits be encouraged and thankful for what God has done through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Some other resources:
Got Questions- What Is The Key To Applying The Bible To My Life?
Got Questions- How Can I Have God’s Word Hidden In My Heart?
Got Questions – What Does The Bible Say About Meditation?
Mike Winger – The Kind of Meditation You Should Avoid

Scripture To Memorize/Meditate On – (ESV) John 16:07-08, “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.

To learn more about what Jesus did on the cross and why His atonement sacrifice is so needed please see: Why Did A Loving God Kill His Son? (Does God Hate?) 
*If you do not know the Gospel, do not turn away. If you think you know the Gospel, check out these questions and see how prepared you are for the day someone might ask you why you believe: The Gospel Challenge (30 Question Quiz) – Are You Ready To Defend Your Faith?

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Luke 11_39-40, _...so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy–full of greed and wickedness. Fools! Didn’t God make the inside as well as the outside_

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