8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
27 Cause me to understand the way of your precepts,
that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
The more you read the Bible; and the more you meditate on it, the more you will be astonished with it. — Charles Spurgeon
Meditate on God’s Word
Form many Jesus followers there is a misunderstanding about what meditation actually means. When we meditate on something we are simply focusing our thoughts. To understand what it means to meditate on God’s Word is put rather nicely by authpr and Pastor Rick Warren, he writes “Surprisingly, if you know how to worry, you already know how to meditate on the Word of God. Worry is when you take a negative thought and think on it over and over and over. When you take a passage of Scripture and think on it over and over and over, that’s called meditation.”
The Bible mentions meditation over twenty times and calls us to meditate on God’s Word. This is a beneficial practice to incorporate into our daily time with God as it provides a mental and emotional rest for us as well as spiritual growth.
As we spend time reading the Bible each day, we can look deeply into the passages and begin a conversation with God. Let us use Ephesians 4:31-32 as an example. “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
Let's read it again and ask God:
Do I have bitterness? Am I an angry person? Are my words harsh? Is my heart tender? Do I forgive others freely?
Then we listen and wait for the powerful, yet gentle voice of God. God’s spirit interacts with our spirits and communicates with us. We can allow these scriptural meditations to go with us throughout our day making us aware of any bitterness, anger, harshness, hard-heartedness, or unforgiveness that is attempting to capture our thoughts.
This is meditating on God’s Word.
The truths from Scripture sink deep into our souls when we meditate on God’s Word. Meditation provides us a new level of rest because we are spending our mental energy thinking about God’s Word and not saturating our minds with the worries of the world. Not only that, but we also have the power to apply these life-changing words from God to our lives. We cannot help but become all that God wants us to be when we put this kind of effort in.
Lord, quiet my heart and still my soul as I wait on you during these moments alone.
I want to focus on You, Lord, and to shut out all the distractions of the world. For these next few moments, it’s just you and me, God. You are Spirit, but you are a God who knows us so intimately. I like to imagine you literally sitting here beside me, because of your promise that you are Emmanuel—always “with us.”
As I think about the truths in your Word, may the meditation of my heart be sweet and honoring to you. I simply want you to empty me of self and fill me with your Holy Spirit. Amen
(Prayer written by Rebecca Barlow)