How to meditate on Scripture?
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to You, O Lord, my Rock and Redeemer." –Psalm 19:14
What does meditation mean?
In its simplest definition, meditating on Scripture means getting into a biblical verse and allowing it to become a source of wisdom in your mind, will, and emotions. Through this process you begin to discover the rich wealth of personal application of God’s word to your life, relationships, and decisions.
The question is, how does one do that. We present 5 simple steps:
1. Read it: Take for instance, Colossians 3:3, (we find this to be the most beautiful verse in the whole bible - it is inspiring, it is precise, it is non-compromising) and read it through several times. "For you died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God."Ask yourself, what is this verse saying to me? You and the verse talk to one another. (What does it mean that I have died? What real life - is the 'real life' the verse talks about, different from the life I am currently living? What does it mean to be hidden with Christ? Is Christ hidden in God? -keep asking question after question, until understanding dawns as the Holy Spirit opens the eyes of your heart.)
2. Take out your pen: To avoid distraction, write out the verse. As you write it, you will find thoughts\insights coming to your mind – write them down (that’s God communicating with you).
3. Memorize it: To memorize Scripture, you will need to repeat a verse several times. You will discover as you do it, each time you repeat it, it will cut deeper into your understanding. Take Colossians 3:3 again : “For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.” As you try to memorize this verse, you realize how true it is – you have decided to follow Jesus, and that is why you have turned your back on the pleasures of this world. As you go over “your real life is hidden with Christ”, you could get this wonderful visual of Christ hiding you within the folds of His garments. Repeat some more, and you see yourself and Christ encompassed in God’s mighty hug. Get what we mean?
4. Sing it out: Create your own tune, or sing the lines to the melody of one of your favorite hymns. Singing unlocks the heart – yours, and God’s, as He hears your song. The words of the verse gradually get into your bloodstream.
5. Pray it: This is the most exciting part, the culmination of the meditation. Personalize the words. Turn “For you died” into “For I died, and my life…’ Your speaking to God, which is prayer. Ask God to help you live out this Scriptural verse in your everyday preoccupation.
Use this simple method to meditate on these five Lenten Scriptures.
“And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. 17 But when you fast, comb your hair[a] and wash your face. 18 Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”
“Both go to the same place—they came from dust and they return to dust.”
“By the sweat of your brow
will you have food to eat
until you return to the ground
from which you were made.
For you were made from dust,
and to dust you will return.”
“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.”
“No, this is the kind of fasting I want:
Free those who are wrongly imprisoned;
lighten the burden of those who work for you.
Let the oppressed go free,
and remove the chains that bind people.
7 Share your food with the hungry,
and give shelter to the homeless.
Give clothes to those who need them,
and do not hide from relatives who need your help.”
-By the NLTCE News Network