Meditation is a term that many Christians shy away from because they associate it with Eastern religions and New Age. They see it as an ungodly practice meant to achieve emotional calmness and relaxation.
Did you know that God commands us to meditate on His Word? It’s the kind of meditation where you focus on His Word. Are you wondering how to meditate on the Word of God?
God gave Joshua the following command, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (Joshua 1:8).
Kevin Puls describes meditation as: “Pondering the Word in our hearts, preaching it to our own souls, and personally applying it to our own lives and circumstances.” To understand God’s Word, go beyond reading to considering what each verse says.
“You should meditate . . . by actually repeating and comparing oral speech and literal words of the book, reading and rereading them with diligent attention and reflection, so that you may see what the Holy Spirit means by them.” – Martin Luther
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What does it mean to meditate on God’s Word?
The word meditation comes from the Latin word meditārī, which has a range of meanings including to reflect on, to study and to practice. Rhonda Jones, a Christian meditation expert says, the best way to control a mind filled with worry, fear and negative thinking is through meditation.
When you meditate on God’s Word, you think about what each verse, promise, passage or story means. This gives you a greater understanding of what God is saying and how you can apply His word in every situation of your life.
God’s intent is that we meditate on His Word. This differs from Eastern meditation practiced through yoga, guided meditation, or other Eastern religions. Any meditation done outside of the biblical way is opening a door to the enemy. The meditation God talks about is pondering over His word and filling your mind with it.
Kenneth Copeland Ministries notes that it takes more than just reading the Bible to grow spiritually. When you learn how to meditate on God’s Word, you can move into a believing faith that always receives. Meditating on the promises of God builds your faith, which comes from hearing – by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).
Jinse Kim did a study to find out the effect of Christian devotional meditation on stress, anxiety, and depression. The participants (Adult Koreans in the U.S.), stated that meditation helped them focus on God, experience His presence and have intimacy with Him. This shows that Christian meditation has profound benefits on the human mind.
The five points below will help you meditate on God’s word.
1. Go to a quiet place.
Get yourself comfortable in a place free from distractions. You want to hear every word that God speaks. A place without noise or constant human traffic will do. Quieten your mind and let go of your cares. Be still before the Lord and prepare to meditate on His Word.
2. Pray and allow God to search your heart.
To get into the presence of God, praise and worship Him. Pour out your heart to Him so you can get rid of anything that is troubling you. Where God reveals any sin, repent of it and clear your heart of any negativity. You get the most out of the Word of God when you have a pure heart.
3. Read and meditate on the Word of God.
Ponder over a particular verse and ask the Holy Spirit to give you a revelation of what it means. Which part of your life is it speaking to? Stay on that verse until you clearly understand it. Allow God to convict, encourage, or teach you through that word.
4. Apply the Word in your life.
Ask God to give you the wisdom to know how to apply the Scriptures you are reading. You’ll find that a Bible verse speaks to a particular situation in your life. It can be an answer to a question you asked God or the solution to a problem.
5. Let the Word renew your mind.
Romans 12:2 tells us to renew our minds so we will not conform to the pattern of this world. God’s word renews our minds such that our thoughts align with His. When we align ourselves to God’s ways, we live in His will for our lives.
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The Hebrew word for “meditate” means to be intense in the mind. Meditation without reading is wrong and bound to err; reading without meditation is barren and fruitless. -Thomas Watson
What hinders Christians from meditating on God’s Word?
#1. Mistaking biblical meditation with New Age meditation.
Many Christians believe that meditation is an evil practice because of how the world has presented it. Meditation practiced by the New Age movement is not biblical and dangerous to the believer because it involves clearing one’s mind and focusing on other things. Christian meditation focuses on pondering over the Scriptures that you are reading.
Fill your mind with the promises of God so that there will be no room for the enemy to plant evil thoughts.
#2. The busyness of life.
Many people have busy lifestyles that leave little room for reading and meditating on the Word of God. They are always in a rush to get somewhere. When they get home in the evening, they are too tired to focus on anything else. Their morning is filled with activities like the gym or preparing kids for school.
Take stock of your daily schedule and audit each activity. How can you reorganize your day to give priority to God’s word?
#3. Mental distractions.
A mind burdened with the cares of this world will not respond well to the Word of God. When your mind is full of many things, you leave little room for God to speak to you. You may be in a quiet place but your mind is not quiet.
“Be still and know that I am God,” says Psalm 46:10. Still, your mind and make room for God’s Word. Do not worry about your troubling situations.
We have the mind of Christ when we meditate on the Word of God. – Crystal McDowell
Bible verses on meditation.
Below are a list of Bible verses from the book of Psalms to guide you as you meditate on God’s word.
- Psalm 1:1-2 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
- Psalm 19:14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer.
- Psalm 48:9 Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love.
- Psalm 77:12 I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.
- Psalm 104:34 May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord.
- Psalm 119:23 Though rulers sit together and slander me, your servant will meditate on your decrees.
- Psalm 119:27 Cause me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.
- Psalm 119:48 I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees.
- Psalm 119:97 Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.
- Psalm 119:99 I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.
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The more you read the Bible; and the more you meditate on it, the more you will be astonished by it. – Charles Spurgeon
Helpful resources for meditating on God’s word.
Fia Curley gives simple steps for meditating on a Bible verse. She says that you should read, write, say, sing, and pray the verse. This way you give it all your attention and internalize it. God writes His word in our hearts as we meditate on it (Jeremiah 31:33).
Meditating on God’s Word will calm your mind and fill you with a peace that surpasses human understanding. Andy Rau notes that meditation does not fit into Western culture.
This is because people value action and busyness more than stopping and considering. To learn how to meditate, people are to overcome cultural obstacles. You can develop a culture of meditating on the Word of God every day.
Many Christian ministers have developed resources on how to meditate on the Word of God. You can read Trusting God Day by Day by Joyce Meyer, Reclaiming the Lost Art of Biblical Meditation by Robert J. Morgan and Transforming Your Thought Life by Sarah Geringer.
Allow God to speak to the depths of your heart as you meditate on His promises to you. Keep a journal and write what God speaks to you and the thoughts that come to mind. Meditation will change your life.