|Series Theme: Bible Study Approaches|
Title: 14. How to Meditate on Scripture
A page that explains a variety of approaches to Studying the Bible
This page introduces the practice of Bible meditation.
Unlike other forms of meditation, WE do not empty our minds. On the contrary, we fill them with Scripture.
Dictionary Defn. “to consider thoughtfully, to ponder, to give deep thought to”.
Concordance Defn. “to mutter, to muse, to take care” (Josh 1:8 / Gen 24:63 / 1 Tim 4:15 )
Overall Defn. “Biblical Meditation is the devotional practice of pondering a word/words of a verse/verses of Scripture, with a receptive heart, allowing the Holy Spirit to take the written word and apply it as the living word to the inner being.”
2. Detailed Consideration
1. A Devotional Practice
3. Words of a verse
4. A Receptive Heart
5. Allowing the Holy Spirit
6. Apply it as the Living Word
7. The Inner Being
3. Doing It
Rather in the same way that we take in, chew, swallow and digest our food, so we can do the same with Scripture.
In doing that we let the Lord bring us such a depth of understanding of the truth of the verse, that we take it into our innermost being where it changes and transforms us.
To be able to think and muse on a verse for any length of time, it may be necessary for us to write out the verse and put it somewhere where we can see it during the day so that the Lord can speak to us through it.
When we come to read and study the Scriptures, our primary goal is two-fold: to find out what did the Scripture mean to those to whom it was written, and what does it mean and how does it apply to me today?
The reason for saying this is that when we are studying, we dare not impose other meanings to what the Scripture says. This is distorting Scripture for our own benefit, and we must not do this.
However, when we come to meditation our objective is to do just this, but it is also to allow the Lord to speak to us, and this He may do in what we can only describe, in this context, as somewhat unorthodox ways. In other words, although the original may clearly teach one thing, and we must not negate that, it may be that the Lord will speak further than that to us through the verse.
We cannot teach that thing that He may have said to us because it was a unique word to us, but we must be aware that this can and does happen when we are seeking the Lord and using His word. The check against misusing what we have just said, is that the Lord will never say something to you that runs counter to the teaching of Scripture.
In interpreting Scripture, we must not create an analogy when one was not being used, but in meditation, the Lord does sometimes speak using a verse in the form of an analogy, simply to communicate something personal to us. We must all the time, though, hold onto the check we mentioned above.
We are aware that this is open to misunderstanding, but it is important to be aware of this when we are doing Biblical Meditation.
The following are some verses you start with:
Psa 1:2,3 / Col 3:16 / Rom 12:2 / Jer 15:16 / Psa 119:130
To see examples of meditations click on the following: