Recently, I have been adding a time to meditate on Scripture into my weekly routine. This has been a very refreshing practice. Although I regularly read the Bible, taking time to really think about and meditate on a specific passage of Scripture has been encouraging. I am amazed each time at how God’s Word speaks to my heart and is applicable in my life that day.
God’s word says in Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
We renew our minds by the Word of God. God’s Word is truth. Our culture is bombarding us with all kinds of ideas and thoughts, but God’s Word is the Truth that matters most. Taking time to soak in God’s Word will help us know His will and know the right way to think.
Hebrews 4:12 says: “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
Meditating on Scripture has helped me to realize even more how alive God’s Word is. It does apply to my every day life. God does have something to say to my current struggles. His Word comes in like a sword and cuts away the lies and the thoughts that are not His Truth.
Scripture Meditation Formats
While there are many ways to study and meditate on Scripture, there are two different formats for Scripture meditation that I have recently found helpful. The more basic one asks these questions while studying a specific chosen passage:
1.What word or phrase in today’s reading speaks to your heart?
2. How does today’s reading directly relate to your life right now?
3. How is God calling you to respond to what you’ve read today?
4. Write out your own additional thoughts/meditations
A similar form of Scripture meditation is called Lectio Divina which is Latin for Spiritual Reading. I have taken the following format out of a book called Seeking God Together by Alice Fryling.
- Start with a minute or two of silence. Breathe deeply and acknowledge your willingness to let go of your own agenda and listen to the Spirit of God speaking through the Word.
- Read the verses. Read the verses again. Read the verses out loud. Be still and quiet again.
- Think about what the verses say. Try to hear the passage as though you’re hearing it for the first time. Notice what word, phrase or idea stands out to you. Stay with that word or idea in your mind, thinking about what it means.
- Dialogue with God about the word phrase or idea. Tell God how you respond to it – what feelings you have about it. Pour out your heart to God as you talk about how this word or idea might apply to something in your life right now.
- Wait quietly again before God. Listen to whatever God is saying to you around the word, phrase or idea. Notice if God seems to be inviting you to embrace a truth or experience a change.
- Conclude your time by noticing if there is anything you need to do in order to respond to the Word in your daily life.
My hope is that you would be encouraged to take time this week to meditate on God’s Word and that you will also be blessed and transformed by His Truth!
Is there another format for Scripture meditation that you have found helpful? Do you include meditating on God’s Word as part of your weekly/daily routine?