Happy weekend, gals! I hope you have plans either to do something fun, restful or productive today. Pick your passion! We’ll be plunging full speed ahead into unpacking and setting up house again. My goal is to have at least a few things on the walls and all the boxes in the basement by evening. But first, let’s you and me talk about why and how I meditate on Scripture…and why you might want to, too.
Back in my teens and college days I was taught to steer clear of anything related to meditation. Anybody who meditated was surely into some kind of mystical or new age philosophy. And if I participated in meditation I might invite ungodly things into my life.
Besides being a little extreme, that was just bad advice. The truth is meditation itself is not a harmful or wicked practice, but instead it is actually a biblical and even natural exercise. Meditation is a biblical command with practical ramifications.
What Meditation Is & Does
Did you know that we all meditate? Do you ever worry about anything? Sure you do. We all do. Worry is meditation. When we worry we fixate on one thing, work our minds around it, chew on it and think it all the way through. Worry is just bad meditation. And we’re all naturally pros at it!
But God instructs His people – those who believe, trust and follow Him – to meditate on truth. (Joshua 1:8) Instead of worrying (Philippians 4:6) God encourages us to fixate on Him – His Word, His character and His ways (Isaiah 26:3). And when we meditate on those things, amazing things happen.
- our character is changed from the inside out
- peace grows and anxiety diminishes
- our faith is strengthened
- our obedience to the Bible is fortified
- our perspective improves
- we become satisfied women instead of desperate, hungry gals
- we gain courage
- truth is planted deep within us
- ultimately, we worry less!
I can’t begin to tell you the difference that biblical meditation has made in my life. This one biblical practice has changed me more than any other. Meditating daily on Scripture has made me a less demanding wife, a more confident mother, a healthier friend, a wiser confidant, a more patient woman and a more gracious human being. It’s helped me to forgive, let go, accept, move forward, be brave and submit to authority, too.
So how do you meditate biblically?
Well, here’s what I do that works for me. I needed a tangible and practical way to practice this spiritual discipline. And this is what I came up with about a dozen years ago.
- Each January I get a new inexpensive 4×6 photo album from Walmart. I beautify it by swapping out the tacky cardstock covers it comes with for some pretty scrapbooking paper. I’m going to be using this little album every day for a year, so I want it to look cute! This photo album becomes my Scripture Meditation Album.
- Beginning in January, I prayerfully look for scriptures that speak to me – where I’m at in life, what I’m going through, what I’m praying about. I don’t rush the process. I let God give me the scriptures slowly over time, usually about one verse every two weeks or so. Sometimes I hear a verse in a sermon and write it down. Other times I come across one in my daily Bible reading. Again sometimes I go hunting for one to meet a particular need.
- Over the course of a year, I write my verses on 4×6 index cards and slip them into the pages of my Scripture Meditation Album. I usually only accumulate between 24-48 verses per year.
- Each day I read through all the scriptures that are in my album. I read them slowly, pausing to think on them and what God is saying to me through them. Sometimes I may even pray them back to God, asking Him to help me with something commanded or grant me something promised.
- I read through my Scripture Meditation Album three times each day. I’m feeding my soul. And I figure if I feed my stomach three times a day, why not feed my soul three times a day, too?
- Actually, I work toward memorizing the scriptures, too. You see, as we meditate slowly on the scriptures, we will naturally, over time, memorize them as well.
- I do this little practice usually in the morning during my quiet time, at lunch and in the evening before bed. I’m not legalistic about it. If it doesn’t happen some days, it’s okay.
By the way, if you’re interested, here are a few of the places in Scripture where we’re told to meditate and how:
If you’re interested in incorporating this frequently mentioned spiritual discipline into your life, I encourage you to try this simple method. I think you’ll find that it quickly produces fruit in your life. I’m glad to answer any questions you may have.
Oh, and one more thing. I actually wrote a Bible study and a devotional guide about this very thing – satisfying your soul through biblical meditation. The Bible study is called Satisfied…at Last! And the devotional guide is A Taste of Satisfaction. I’ll put them both in a shopping widget below along with my other books.
Have a blessed and fruitful day!
Blessed for My Day
Another way of thinking about meditation is to consider how we sometimes talk to ourselves. Do you ever talk to yourself? I do it all the time. Ha! I got that habit from my mom.
Meditation is a conversation in the mind and heart. It’s talking through something with ourselves. But the Bible instructs us to make God part of the conversation. So in meditation, you can ask God questions, express your feelings, verbalize your frustrations and counter it all with the truth of God’s Word. Just be sure to let God have the last word!
Make me understand the way of your precepts,
and I will meditate on your wondrous works. ~ Psalm 119:27