Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.
Among Christians of all ages and varying doctrinal and worship preferences, there is a universal agreement on one thing: the art and act of meditating upon God’s Word is one of the highest spiritual disciplines.
Most Christians are surprised to understand what the Biblical meaning of meditation is. Most misinterpret it in terms of worldly, eastern spiritual practices of being quiet, silent and contemplative. But look what it actually means in the Bible:
- Murmur, imagine, mutter, roar, speak, talk, utter, think
It refers to something you are doing with your mouth more than just your mind. In the Old Testament, the way God’s Word was meditated upon was by speaking and declaring it over and over. Look what it says in Joshua 1:8
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
The way the Lord explained meditation to Joshua was by keeping God’s Word on His lips day and night – in other words, continually. That’s called Bible meditation.
I like to use the illustration of a cow eating grass to explain this. The humble cow has several stomachs and when it chews a mouthful of grass it chews and chews to create a "cud". Assisting in this process are the several stomachs where the cow will swallow and bring it back up and continue chewing – over and over.
Likewise, as you spend time in the Scriptures – a verse, a chapter, a story, or a parable, don’t just read it. Read it out loud. Hear yourself speaking the Word. Read it over and over out loud, and then throughout the day – during your morning coffee break; over lunch; your afternoon break – keep bringing up what you read and go over it again and again in your mind. This process is what causes God’s Word to grow deep within you and the light of revelation and understanding widens and deepens in your life. It's the best way to grow in your faith.
I personally like to declare and meditate upon the Word as a part of my prayer time. Some people run out of things to pray for. Well, start meditating and declaring God’s Word over your life and you will soon find yourself running out of time!
The key to meditation is getting into the Bible. Start with the Gospels, especially the parables of Jesus – they will teach you the principles of the Kingdom. Read the Epistles which reveal who you are in Christ and what He has purchased for you upon the cross. Get into the Psalms – especially those written by David, they will teach you how to walk in faith during difficult times. But whatever you are reading, read it out loud. Pick key passages of Scripture and repeat it over and over – this is called meditating upon God’s Word. It’s how you get God’s Word into your spirit!