How to Meditate on Scripture
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
How do we come to know God and be in His presence? The answer is simple, beautiful and life-changing--His Word.
How do we come to know God’s Word? We spend time in it. This happens in two primary ways—through study, both individually and with others, and through meditating on His Word.
What is meditating on Scripture? Meditation is kind of like a deep breath while focusing on a passage, phrase, word or concept. It doesn’t necessarily have to be Scripture, but this is the best kind. There are no better words or truth to center ourselves on than the Word of God.
Here are two resources to learn more about meditating on Scripture:
My own journey as a Mom has been greatly enriched by meditation on Scripture. In the years of little babies, and even now with a toddler, when I have quiet moments, I can’t always get to my Bible. But I can recall a passage I have memorized or even a phrase of one I am meditating on and it nourishes me.
The key for me is to keep adding new passages even as I revisit previous ones. My greatest tool for doing this is an app called Scripture Typer that I learned about through Ann Voskamp. I have collections like ‘no fear’, ‘wisdom’, and ‘freedom from anxiety’. The main feature I use is to record myself saying the passages and then I replay them while I walk. (You could replay them cooking dinner, getting ready in the morning, pretty much any time)
Meditation on Scripture has become a tree of life. I have been passing through an especially difficult season. All the investment I have made to focus my whole heart on God through years of meditating on God’s Word, has become a vital, stabilizing force of strength for which I am incredibly thankful. And this knowledge, fully alive in me. is ready to be offered to a lost, hurting world.
Just like Psalm 1 says,
He(She) 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.
I am wife to a wonderful man, mama to three precious now-little-but-soon-will-not-be loves. Each born in a different place--two states including 2 states and 2 countries. I am a farm girl who found her heart in the city. I can now claim fluency in 3 languages :: English, Spanish & Hungarian.This combined with the all-too-true 'mommy brain' explains much regarding my mental state most days;) I am a sojourner longing for Home. Yet, in my messy and broken, I embrace the moments given with all I have. I am seeking, praying, and learning again and again that it is for His Glory I live. My prayer is that my little life would make much of Him! I write regularly at Abigail Alleman.
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6/6/2015 08:22:26 pm
great post. I like to meditate on scripture...I have found many times that the same scripture pops out at me in various places, again and again until I have really dived into it and understood it.
Great advice here! Spending time reading God's word is something that I need to work on. I have a devotional that I love, but I easily fall off the wagon and stop reading it. I do enjoy it, so I'm not sure why this happens, but it always does. I appreciate your practical tips and also your sharing of how meditating over scripture has prepared you for life's most trying times.
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