This article describes how to get started with bible meditation for beginners. By the end of the article, the reader will know the benefits of biblical meditation and how to get started.
When I started bible meditation, I noticed an improvement in my own spiritual strength and stability after only one week. I am hopeful it benefits you too in a similar way.
What is Bible Meditation?
Long before meditation was associated with New Age culture, the bible instructed believers to meditate on the word of God.
Bible meditation simply means dedicated concentration and reflection on particular passages in the word of God.
Most people do meditate every single day without even knowing it. For example, worry is a form of meditation. The worrier concentrates on the same negative thoughts over and over. They ponder all the negative possibilities of their thoughts.
Meditation on the bible lets scriptures from the word of God be what you focus on for a set period of time. You repeat these scriptures to yourself. Additionally, you may consider writing them or drawing them out (see post here on bible journalling to see how to use artistic creativity to engage with scripture). Another option would be singing or praying the scripture. Anything that engages all parts of your being into the word of God is bible meditation.
Why Should Every Believer Do Bible Meditation?
You will prosper.
See Psalm 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord and on His law, he meditates day and night. As a result, he is like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers”.
Also, see 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”.
It will make you wise.
Read this from Psalm 119:97-99 “Oh how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your status“.
It will strengthen your life and health
Look at Proverbs 4:20-22 “My son, pay attention to what I say, turn your ear to my words. Do not them out of your sight, keep them within your heart, for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.”
Bible Meditation Methods
1. Begin in prayer
Ask God to help His word to sink down deep into your spirit and remain there producing good spiritual fruit. Then, let Him know you are open to whatever He wants you to know through His word.
2. Have a Small Journal and Pens/Pencils Handy
Keep a small journal and writing supplies beside you in case God reveals anything to you during this time that you must remember.
3. Pick Scriptures in an Area of Need
If there is an area where you need your mind renewed with the word of God, pick at least 3 scriptures that really speak to you on that topic. Write the scriptures out in the journal you prepared in 2 above.
4. Get Still
Calm yourself and become still before the Lord. For me, I find going outside in nature for a short walk first helps.
However, a simple breathing exercise can also do this. Focus on your breath. Breath in for five counts slowly, hold your breath for two counts and breathe out for five counts slowly again. Do this ten times. Stay focussed on your breath and let the thoughts of your busy mind just float on by.
Now take the scriptures you wrote out in step 2 and read them out loud slowly. After each reading each one, pause. Reflect and consider what it means. Think about how it applies to your life. Read them out loud sequentially again and again. Be intentionally slow about reading the words and pondering them. Do this ten times.
6. Go Deeper
Consider what works best for you to engage with the scripture more. Are you are a singer? Then sing the scriptures out. If you are artistic, draw out the images the scripture gives you. Write out the scripture several times if it helps you with really going deep on it.
Now sit quietly just considering the truth of what you read. See if God gives you anything you need to do to apply it in your life right now. Consider what you might need to change in your life to make this truth more real to you. Write down anything that comes up. Remember to revisit what you have written as follow up actions, it is easy to forget.
Finally, close in prayer, thanking God for what He revealed to you.
A Bible Meditation App
There is a free Christian meditation mobile app called Abide. You can find them here. The app was started by a group of former Google employees seeking to use their gifts to help bring people closer to God. Their mobile app is the world’s most popular Christian meditation app. There are selections of even 2 minutes if you are short on time. The sessions include prayer, a short review of a biblical concept, some scripture, and then the speaker will ask you some reflective questions to ponder and meditate. You may be given a task to complete as well. I really love this app and have been using it in the morning and the evening for the last few weeks. If you love it, there is a premium version with longer meditations if you desire.
Book Recommendation on Bible Meditation
The second resource is a book all about Christian meditation. It has a Christian meditation program to follow. It is by one of my favorite authors, Joyce Meyers, and it is called Power Thoughts.
Music to Help with Meditation on Scripture
The last resource I would suggest you check out if you would like to go deeper on bible meditation is from my friend Minister Fitz Houston. He and his wife have a ministry called “Faith, Hope, and Help Ministries”. He is on YouTube and there are many free videos, but I find this one-hour long video called “Basking in His Presence” is a good one when you just want to soak in the scriptures. It includes soft background music, gentle waves, scriptures and prayers. I usually play it in the background when I am cleaning the house or cooking. The link to the video is here. He also has albums on the biblical meditation for sale on Google Play or iTunes (I enjoy his Stressbusters meditations too, and I have purchased some to play at night when I need to unwind).
Every believer can enjoy the benefits of bible meditation God describes in His word. Bible meditation can improve your health, build your wisdom and help you prosper in life. This article outlines an easy way to get started and some additional tools that can also help you go deeper with meditating on the word of God.
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