Studying the Bible can be intimidating. If you are new to studying the Bible, meditation of God’s word is one of the easiest ways to begin. The outcome of studying God’s word through meditation is a more peaceful and calming spirit. God actually promises us that we can become more prosperous and successful by spending valuable time with him.
What does the Bible say about meditation?
God calls us to meditate on his word day and night. He promises us that we can be more productive by study God’s word than anything else we do during the day.
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.
Joshua 1:8 (NIV)
We often do the opposite, however. No wonder we all struggle and cannot figure out how to maneuver through life. God has the answers, but we have to pursue him through prayer and through bible study
What is the Purpose of Meditation?
The true purpose of meditation in scripture is to create a laser focus on God’s word. Creating a habitual routine where we become centered with God and what he is speaking to us through his word without the outside influences of the world.
What does it mean to meditate on scripture?
Meditation is a form of prayer or song or simply reflecting on the word that God has placed for us in scripture. Bible study and prayer and singing go hand in hand as we seek to know more about our God and how he created us for his glory.
There is no right or wrong way to meditate on God’s word. It really depends on how the Holy Spirit is leading you through your study of the Bible study. You will find it easier and easier to seek his word when you start to feel closer in his presence.
What are the types of meditation used for Bible Study?
There are 3 types of Bible study meditation.
1. Meditation through praying scripture
There have been many times within the New Testament that the disciples and Christ sing and pray scriptures. One of the best places to pray scriptures would be in the book of Psalm. If you need help getting started you can listen to our podcast Praying the Psalms. It will take you through 15 days of Psalm and praying them back before God. It will also give you a great head start on studying the Bible. You can also find our blog post on Encouraging Psalm of hope when things seem out of control for more scriptures.
2. Meditation through singing hymns.
Singing scripture helps young and old to keep scripture close to your heart and at the forefront of your brain. It also can increase your knowledge of scriptures as you are studying the Bible. I cannot tell you how many times I have read scripture and realized that it is part of the praise and worship song we have sung in church.
One of our favorite scripture learning tools comes from the group Seeds Family Worship. We have learned many scriptures just by meditating on these songs every day.
3. Meditation by writing out the scripture.
Get a notebook just for your Bible study and write out the scripture. Go back and underline the keywords in that story or phrases that really stuck out to you. This is a super-easy way to take your Bible Study a little deeper. Then after a couple of days go back and reread what you have written and see if there is anything else that the Holy Spirit is speaking to you through God’s written word.
You can also print out this study planner as you study God’s word. It can make it easier for you to do a Bible Study easily and pick out those core words that you want to study deeper.
You will find that meditating on God’s word is actually a command from God that helps us to reduce anxiety and fear in our lives. If you need to focus on anxiety we have a list of scriptures that you can meditate over to help fight those feelings.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4:6-7 NIV
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 NIV
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV
Because he first loved me
He loved me first.