Meditating on Scripture

Psalm 1:1-2, “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.”

In verse 2 you see Scripture calling us to “meditate on Scripture day and night.”  To be clear:  When you see the word “meditation” it isn’t Eastern Meditation that we see in our culture today that largely encourages you to remove all thoughts and center your soul on nothingness.

It is biblical meditation so that you are sifting God’s Word through your soul.  Here are a few observations of what it looks like practically to meditate on Scripture:

  1. Reading Scripture:  We must begin with Scripture, and we must expose our heart to all of Scripture as the authority over our life.
  2. Regular:  It says “day and night” because meditating on Scripture is a regular part of our day that we build into our lives.  You will get the most out of meditating on Scripture when it is a regular habit.
  3. Reflection:  Meditating on Scripture will shape the content of our prayers, therefore, we have to not only read Scripture, but get below the surface to ask questions about how that truth applies to our life.
  4. Repetitive:  It is to look at the verse over and over and over.  Most will illustrate a cow chewing on grass over and over, and studies show a cow can chew on grass up to 890 times in an hour.  But, I think a better illustration is to think about how we interact with songs.

Song Illustration:  We don’t listen to a song and then put it up until we are ready to listen again in a year or two.  We listen over and over.  We put the song on repeat.  We study the lyrics.  We study the author of those lyrics to better understand why she would write those lyrics.  We memorize the song.  We watch the video.  We go to the concert.  We tell our friends.  We talk to our friends about the song.

And, we do all of that without even trying.  Why not do that with God’s Word!