Discipleship - Lesson 6

How To Meditate On Scripture

Why is meditation important?

Mt 7:24  "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise
man who built his house on the rock.

Mt 7:25  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it
did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

Mt 7:26  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a
foolish man who built his house on sand.

Mt 7:27  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it
fell with a great crash."

If you base your convictions and your words on the Word of God, you can speak with confidence and
your life will be on the right path.

Through meditation on the Word, the Holy Spirit can reveal to us and conform us to the rich wealth of
God's wisdom.  

1 John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any
man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even
as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

As we meditate on the Word, we gain deeper understanding and discover personal application for our
daily lives.  That's where the Word really makes a difference.

God's Words are living and eternal.

As we meditate on scripture and compare the needs of our society with similar situations in scripture,
we will gain an understanding of some of the goals God wants to accomplish.  We get vision from
meditating on scripture and praying.

What Is Meditation?

1. Pleasant murmuring

Psalms 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Meaning:  to murmur in pleasure or to ponder.

2. Quiet reflection

Psalms 119:99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.

Meaning; To contemplate

3. Musical repetition

Psalms 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O
LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

Meaning:  a musical notation

4.  Prayerful reviewing

1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself     wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear
to all.

Meaning:  to carefully revolve in the mind

5.  Communing with God

Psalms 119:48 My hands also will I lift up unto thy       commandments, which I have loved; and I will       
meditate in thy statutes.

Meditation is talking to the king in the king's language

6.  Building your day and night around prayer.

Psalms 119:97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation        all the day.

Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his
mouth more than my necessary food.

7.  Worshipping God in spirit and in truth

Psalms 104:34 My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.

How To Meditate

1. Memorize God's thought structures

If we are to think God's thoughts after Him, we must be able to comprehend and appreciate His
structure of thinking.  The best way to do that is to memorize whole thoughts and ideas from scripture,
not just verses.  Get the main idea; make sure you understand it.

i.e.  Matthew 4:4 "... Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the
mouth of God."

2. Personalize the scripture you have memorized

Add personal pronouns to the scriptures to personalize them.

i.e.  Matthew 4:4 "... Lord, I shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of Your
mouth.

3. Repeat the verse several times, emphasizing a different word each time.

i.e. "Man shall not live by bread alone..."
"Man shall not live by bread alone..."
"Man shall not live by bread alone..."

4. Visualize the significance of each word

i.e. "Man..." Every man; all mankind. This is a universal principle applicable to everyone.

"Man shall not..." This is a firm negative; a final decree.  God means no!

"Man shall not live..." Living is more than just existing.  God made us to enjoy the pleasures of life in
His presence.  Christ came to give us eternal life.

5. Repeat the verse and ponder the full meaning of each word or phrase

i.e. "Man, shall not, live, by bread alone, but by every, word, that proceedeth out, of the mouth, of God."

6. Rest - let the words grow in you mind, will, and emotions

i.e. John 15:7 "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done
unto you."

"Lord, I will abide in you and allow your words to abide in me.  Then, whatever I ask shall be done for
me."

7. Use the verse to talk with God, and ponder each word for personal application

i.e. "Man shall not live..." Oh Lord, you want me to discover your life.  You want to live your life through
me.
"...by bread alone..." Lord, every word - all scripture is important and profitable.  My spiritual health
requires a balanced diet.  I must gain nourishment from every part of your word, or I will become
spiritually weak.

8. Expect God to bring this verse to your mind and show you new insights from it.

i. e.
When you feel spiritually defeated:
”Man shall not live by bread alone…”
Ask:  When was the last time you had a good spiritual meal?

When you have an important decision to make:
”Man shall not live by bread alone…”
Why not fast and pray about it?

When you have experienced heartache:
”Man shall not live by bread alone…”
You can gain a new and richer understanding of God’s Word through your experience.

9. Become a living translation of God's Word.

Memorize a passage of scripture - i.e.  
Romans 6:1-2 “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?  God forbid.
How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”

Then personalize it and let it become a part of you. - “What shall (I) say then? Shall we (I)  continue in
sin, that grace may abound?  God forbid. How shall (I), who am  dead to sin, live any longer therein?”

Again - Gal. 2:20 “ I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the
life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for
me. “

Personalized -  “ I, Rick Roberts,  am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I, Rick Roberts,  live; yet not I,
Rick Roberts, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I, Rick Roberts,   live by
the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, Rick Roberts,, and gave himself for me. “