This article describes how to get started with bible meditation for beginners. It also describes the amazing benefits a believer receives from meditating on the bible. I noticed a change in my own spiritual strength and stability after just one week of Bible meditation! Ready to give it a try? Read on!
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. Worry is a form of meditation. The worrier ponders and 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. We repeat these scriptures to ourselves over and over. We ponder what they mean prayerfully. They sink deep into our spirit and transform our mind.
Why Should Every Believer be Doing 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.”
How to Do Bible Meditation
1. Begin in prayer asking God to help His word to sink down deep into your spirit and remain there producing fruit. Let Him know you are open to whatever He wants you to know through His word.
2. If there is an area where you need your mind renewed with the word of God, pick 1-2 scriptures that really speak to you on that topic. Write the scriptures out on a piece of paper or an index card.
3. Keep a small journal and a pen beside you in case God reveals anything to you during this time that you must remember.
4. Calm yourself and become still before the Lord. I find going outside in nature for a short walk first helps. (I am an extreme nature lover, and seeing and hearing the birds always reminds me of how great our God is. It puts me in a worship-filled state).
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.
5. 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. 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. Consider what you might need to change in your life to make this truth more real to you. Write down anything that comes up.
7. Close in prayer, thanking God for what He revealed to you.
Awesome Resources to Help you Go Deeper
Here are three additional resources to help you deepen your bible meditation experience.
The first 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.
The second resource is a book all about Christian meditation, with a program to follow. It is by one of my favorite authors, Joyce Meyers, and it is called Power Thoughts. If you click the title it will take you right to the book. If you buy through this link, I will receive a small commission.
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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