Have you ever wondered how you’re supposed to meditate on God’s Word? Well guess what, it’s easier than you might think.
These 5 easy ways to meditate on God’s Word will show you practical ways to meditate on God’s Word.
The good news is you can do them all at once, do one each day, or do all five throughout your day. That part is between you and God.
Remember, meditation is about focusing your thoughts. That focus could be on
- attributes of God,
- recognizing His presence,
- praying Biblical truths, or
- worshiping the Lord.
The key is doing it.
If you didn’t read our last post on What Meditating on God’s Word is, go back and listen to or read it. Using Psalm 119, we walk through what happens when you meditate on God’s Word.
Now for those 5 “How To” steps for meditating on God’s Word.
How to Meditate on God’s Word
There are many ways to meditate on God’s Word but these 5 Easy Steps will ensure you’re able to incorporate meditating on God’s Word into every single day. In the next section we’ll look at
- Practicing God’s Presence
- Reading and Rereading
- Praying back God’s Truths
- Personalizing God’s Truth and
- Worshiping the Lord
You can jump to a particular section by clicking on one of the above section titles.
I’m believing that your time meditating on God’s Word will be fruitful and life changing.
1. Practice God’s Presence
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Practicing God’s presence involves recognizing that He is with you.
As Christians we’re filled with the Holy Spirit and because of this, have God’s Spirit with us 24/7.
Problem is, if you’re anything like me, you forget this quite easily.
You could imagine Him sitting on the couch with you, driving in the car with you, or imagine that you’re entire body is filled – from your pinky toe to the top of your head – with Him.
Spend 2-3 minutes on this, really letting the idea of God’s 24/7 presence settle in all around you.
Do this exercise throughout your day and in varying locations – at work, in the grocery story, at the gym, picking the kids up from school, at the doctor’s office …everywhere.
2. Read and Reread
“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 way prosperous, and then you will have success.” Joshua 1:8
God’s Word is just that, His words to and for us. The answers to all of life’s questions, as well as practical advice, can be found in the Bible.
If we’re not spending time reading God’s Word we’re not going to know how to flee from temptation.
We won’t know when something is said that doesn’t match what’s in God’s Word and we won’t have hope when trials and tribulations come our way -cuz yes, they’ll come.
Like Wednesdays post said, we’re to meditate on God’s Word so that it’s hidden in every nook and cranny of our lives.
Pick a Bible verse each morning and read it out loud 2-3 times.
As Sarah says, “letting the words roll off our lips can be a simple, but powerful practice”.
Write it out on a note card or on the notes app on your phone. Then reread it throughout your day.
You could even set a timer so you remember to reread the scripture.
As you’re reading and rereading think about the following things:
- does this verse hold any promises of God,
- what does this verse reveal about God,
- does it include any instructions to follow,
- what truths about God or life does it hold, and
- does it reveal any sin I need to confess.
By the time you’re day is done that verse will be hidden away and will have changed your life (and so much more).
3. Pray the Truths Back
Praying Scripture truths back to God is found in both the Old and New Testament.
In Acts 4:24-26 the believers prayed together saying “‘Sovereign Lord,’ they said, ‘You made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them, You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of Your servant, our father David: ‘Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against His Anointed One’…”
Here they’re speaking Bible truths back in two different ways.
First you see them speaking truths about what God did in creating all things. The second way they prayed Scripture truths back is when they prayed what God said through David, in Psalm 2:1-2.
If it’s in the Bible, you can incorporate it into your prayers or make it the entirety of your prayer.
4. Personalize the Truths
Any Bible verse that includes a promise, truth, command, or instruction – basically anything God has done or will do, can be personalized.
You do this by inserting your name anywhere another persons name, personal pronouns, or possessive adjectives are found (you, your, you are, we, we are, etc.).
Isaiah 40:29 says “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak”.
You can personalize this by saying, “God gives me strength when I’m weary and increases my power when I’m weak”.
Another example would be Hebrews 4:16 that says “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Personalize it by saying,
Practice doing this with whatever scripture you’re meditating on, reading and rereading, and praying back to God.
5. Worship the Lord
“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.” 1 Chronicles 29:11
This part of meditating on God’s Word involves worshiping Him for all He is, all He’s done, and all He will do.
This is something you can do as you’re praying God’s truths, practicing His presence, or going about your day.
Stopping for even a second in the middle of your day to worship the Lord will change your outlook, no matter how bleak your day appears.
Consider singing the chorus of a favorite song over and over again – either out loud or in your head. Here’s one of Sarah’s favorites.
There you have it – 5 Easy and Practical Steps for Meditating on God and His Word.
Imagine how amazing your week would start if you carved out time on Saturday or Sunday to go through all 5 of these “Easy Ways to Meditate on God’s Word” at once.
After last night, this is something I’ll certainly be doing today.
There is such power in prayer and focusing our thoughts and time on God and His Word.
That’s why it says in Hebrews 4:12 that “the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
The best part about these 5 easy practical steps is you don’t have to do them all at once –
- you could do one each day of the week or
- do all five at different times throughout your day.
As always, if you have any questions about what you read today, share this post with your pastor. If you don’t have a pastor, Sarah and I would love to help. We can be reached here or in the comments below.
Until next time…
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8