Posts Tagged ‘meditation on the Bible’

1.    Introduction 

 Having access to the word is not enough; what we need is the hunger and thirst to read it, ponder it, pray it, and seek to do it. God is eager to give us such a hunger, and the more we spend time in His word, the more the word itself will generate this hunger within us.  In this our first meeting of Bible Studies we want to consider the meditation on God’s Word and hope this lesson will inspire many of you to take advantage of the opportunities the Lord has given us for meditation in His word, a practice that has the power to transform us and make us a blessing to others if we understand its value and learn its secrets.

2.    Definition: The meaning of Meditation on God’s Word.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your ways prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8 (ESV)

 Joshua was instructed to meditate day and night on the Book of the Law. Meditation has something to do with the mouth, not just the mind. The words were not to depart out of Joshua’s mouth. This implies a reading of the Scriptures, a verbal and vocal interaction with God in His word, a mixing the word of God with a spirit of faith.

i) It is the devotional practice to reflect on God’s Word with a receptive heart, allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal the Truth contained in it for me to apply in my life.

 GOD’S WORD + REVELATION + PERSONAL APPLICATION

 ii) It is taking God’s thoughts and to reflect on them, allowing them to become part of my life.

3.  What’s not Meditation on God’s Word?

 i) It is not a mental exercise:

 “Meditation on God’s Word does not mean breaking your head but your heart.”

ii)  It is not an analytic study (subjects, verbs, … )

4.  Importance of Meditation on God’s Word.

Either way God uses to communicate with His people is related to His Word. Therefore, the meditation on the Scriptures helps us to know God’s thoughts and His ways as well. Isaiah 55:8-11;

5. Conditions to Meditate.

i)  Have a pure heart. Psalms 24:3,4; Psalm 139:23,24;

ii) Have pleasure in the Lord and his will. Psalm 119:20,72,127,162; 16:2; 42:1,2; 143:6-8;

iii) Disposition to obey the Lord’s will. John 14:23; James 1:22;

iv) Faith. Hebrews 11:1-6;

6. Objectives of Meditation.

i)   To know God: his character and his nature.

The character of God: is all that God is and we can also be. Our character is the result of our choices or decisions. The character of God refers to his moral attributes, such as justice, kindness, mercy, holiness, humility, generosity, loyalty, etc.

The nature of God: is what God is and we can’t be. Refers to God’s personal attributes such as: Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Spirit, creator of all, the beginning and the end, etc.

ii)To develop a relationship of love with God:

The Bible is like a letter that God wrote for us, showing us who He is, what He thinks about us, and telling us intents and purposes He has for us.

7.Principles for an effective Meditation.

i)    Probe (search) the heart. Psalm 139:23,24; Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:9;

ii)   Acknowledge your inability to receive the revelation of the Word by yourself and ask the Holy Spirit to lead your meditation. Proverbs 3:5,6; Jeremiah 17:9,10; John 16:13

iii)  Resist the devil. Luke 10:19; James 4:7

iv)  Thank and praise God for everything that He will reveal through the meditation on His Word.

v) Read several times till you understand the passage you’re meditating. Nehemiah 8:3,8; 9:3; John 10:4,27

Wait quietly and think carefully to what God is saying to you through the text.

8. Practical advises:

a)   Have an appropriate place and keep a disciplined schedule;

b)   Have a dictionary (if possible) and a notebook to write down what God will speak to you;

c)   Practice (referring to what you should write in your notebook and apply to your life):

  • Date;
  • Scripture passage;

Answer the following questions (personal application):

  • What did I learn today during my Meditation?
  •  Any promise?
  • Condition for the promise? (Is there any condition such that the promise may be accomplished?)
  • Is there any commandment to obey?
  •   Is there any example to follow? A sin to confess? Or any attitude to change in my life?

d)    Tip for 1 hour of Meditation:

  1. Do the principles of meditation: 5 minutes;
  2. Praise and thank God: 10 minutes;
  3. Meditate on the Word: 25 minutes;
  4. Prayer, worship, intercession, and so on: 20 minutes.

9. Benefits of Meditation on God’s Word to my life.

i)  Gives me strengths to overcome the temptations and to avoid sin. Psalm 119:9-11; 1 John 2:14

ii) Brings wisdom in my life. Psalm 119:97-99; Proverbs 4:4;

iii) Helps me to bear fruits. Joshua 1:8,9; Psalms 1:1-3;

iv) Increase of faith. Romans 4:18-21; 10:17;

v) Knowledge of God’s will. Psalm 119:105; Hosea 4:6;

vi) Spiritual growth. 2 Peter 1:3,4.

And many more….