In a hectic world, the idea of deep reflection and meditation seems to be a distant memory of life in another era. When was the last time you spent time meditating on God’s Word? The occasional references to meditation in modern culture usually come from sources more connected with eastern mystical religions than the biblical practice affirmed and modeled in the Scriptures. Yet the difference is profound! While eastern mysticism seeks to empty the mind, biblical meditation speaks of a mind and heart full of God’s truth. Here is a brief outline I developed as an aid to meditation that seems to be consistent with what David had in mind in Psalm 19:14 when he wrote, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.”
Meditating on God’s Word
1. Meditate on Scripture
A train of thought needs a track on which to run or else it will run off in every direction and end up going nowhere while making great haste to go everywhere. Make sure that your meditation is on track with God’s Word.
2. Meditate with Structure
Just as a sentence must have some structure to qualify as such, so a structure must apply to meditation so that the thoughts take on form in order to be distinguished from random ramblings.
3. Meditate in a Systematic Manner
Without a method to our meditation on Scripture, a systematic manner or process, we will waste much time and have little to show for our efforts. Here are some suggestions to follow:
- Paraphrase the passage
- Dissect and reconstruct the passage
- Emphasize different phrases and word while reading aloud
- Isolate suggested themes and topics not central to the main thesis for separate and individual consideration
- Compare the passage with related topics and texts
- Define the terms used
- Cultivate a context for understanding by noting attributes of God suggested by text
4. Meditate in Solitude
Meditation cannot be a team effort or group project but a practice only to be developed alone before the Lord.
5. Meditate in Silence.
Distracting noise competes with the quiet voice of the Lord and should be avoided whenever possible. If noise is unavoidable, the Lord can create an oasis of calm about you and speak through the silence of His own stillness.
I hope this not only helps but encourages you to set aside time to spend some special time with the Lord meditating on His Word and enjoying His abiding presence.