Monday, July 27, 2015

How Meditation Can Help You Get More Out of Your Bible Study

Meditating allows us to escape from our troubles and tasks of everyday life and let our mind relax. Meditation takes many forms since no two people’s meditation type is exactly the same. In the dictionary, the definition of meditation is listed as an intentional contemplation on the author’s work with the express purpose of reflecting upon it. One of the most popular works to reflect on is the Bible. Meditating on spiritual things will help a person grow to Christian maturity.


The Bible puts a lot of emphasis on meditation. There are a variety of verses that encourage deep thought and meditation about God’s word. When it comes to how to meditate on the bible, there is not just one way of doing things. Prayer and meditation in the Bible are often synonymous since they both involve giving us an inner depth, quiet reserve, and a moral strength. The Bible often elicits purposeful thought on topics such as God’s qualities and creations. By thinking of these things, we allow our mind to be guided by the words of the book while simultaneously connecting it to our lives. Here are a few Bible verses about meditation that can help to guide you through your meditative session.

 

Psalms 1:1-3

    “Happy is the man who does not walk according to the advice of the wicked

    And does not stand on the path of sinners

    And does not sit in the seat of scoffers.

    But his delight is in the law of Jehovah,

    And he reads His law in an undertone day and night.

    He will be like a tree planted by streams of water,

    A tree that produces fruit in its season,

    The foliage of which does not wither.

    And everything he does will succeed.”

Philippians 4:8

“Whatever things are true, whatever things are of serious concern, whatever things are righteous, whatever things are chaste, whatever things are lovable, whatever things are well-spoken-of, whatever things are virtuous, and whatever things are praiseworthy, continue considering these things.”

2 Timothy 2:7

 “Give constant thought to what I am saying; the Lord will give you understanding in all things.”

Psalms 63:6

“I remember you while upon my bed; I meditate on you during the watches of the night.”

Psalms 119:15, 16

    “I will ponder over your orders

    And keep my eyes on your paths.

    I am fond of your statutes.

    I will not forget your word.”

Joshua 1:8

“This book of the Law should not depart from your mouth, and you must read it in an undertone day and night, in order to observe carefully all that is written in it; for then your way will be successful and then you will act wisely.”

Because of lack of time, some limit themselves to a superficial reading of God’s Word. However, they miss out on the benefits they could derive from studying the Bible. Why not read fewer pages of the Bible at a time and devote more time to meditating on what you read?

The next time you go to meditate, consider how these Bible texts can help. Memorizing the words can help you to not only grow in your relationship with Him, but to also relax without any outside distractions. Start this week by choosing one of the Bible verses about meditation above and meditate to see where it takes you.

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