How to Meditate on Scripture

 

Meditation is one of those words that can have a strange vibe, and it can mean a lot of different things to folks. However, one of the most effective ways to travel from knowledge to core-belief is to meditate thoughtfully on God’s Word. IMG_3857 Meditation is worship that ponders giving time for truth to penetrate. It simply means to attend to, to practice, be diligent in, to ponder or imagine.

How do we get hold of this idea of meditation? Will it involve convoluted body positions or ummm…. strange sounds? Many theological books have been written on the subject, but for today, let’s keep it simple.

  • Meditation dwells on truth, a bit like worry dwells on problems. Thoughts of worry can spin like a merry-go-round. Around and around they fly, faster and faster, gaining momentum. If you know how to worry, you know how to meditate–replace your concern with God’s truth and hang on until your mind stops spinning. Hang on to truth and get more of God.
  • Meditation works like pulling taffy. Mentally stretch and pull back and forth, until the candy (understanding) is the desired consistency. It takes a little spiritual muscle to pull truth.
  • Meditation rocks in a chair by the fire. Sink into a verse like a comfortable chair and let the meaning of the words rock back and forth in the rhythm of holy listening. Prayerfully read the verse several times, emphasizing different words or phrases each time.

Meditation is like a rocking chair

  • Meditation ponders truth like following a garden path, stepping over stones one by one. The path curves deeper into the delights of the garden. Meditating on the paths of truth, follow the Holy Spirit who leads the way to discovery and freedom.

Meditation is like following a garden path

  • Meditation treasures truth like a scrapbook stores cherished memories: take time to collect truths and experiences that God has worked in your life. Paste them in your heart or even in the pages of a book, set aside as special and significant, pictures of God’s truth and grace in your life.

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  • Meditation lights the candle of our hearts. We make our hearts ready for the light of understanding to transform dark corners of unbelief, resistance, or confusion. The Holy Spirit creates light in every place we make ourselves available to receive. Holy fire brings clarity of inspiration, power to move and believe and grow and change.

Meditation lights a candle in our hearts.

  • Meditation soaks truth like a sponge, absorbing living water for the soul. Saturated and full, we are soaked through with God’s words.

Meditation soaks up truth like a sponge. IMG_4101

  • Meditation writes truth on the tablet of our lives. Journal connections and observations. Pressing pen to page, ask questions and stop to think and listen. Journaling meditation stands on the watchtower, ready and waiting to see what God will say.

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  • Meditation walks through the doorway to enter deeper into Christ. Meditation opens the door to understanding and obedience takes us all the way in. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20.)

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Hopefully these simple images will inspire you to think about meditating on Scripture in new ways. What images and comparisons can you add to this list? I’d love to know what you think. Leave a comment and continue the conversation.

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24 Comments

  1. Loved the analogy of meditation being like pulling taffy! This was a beautiful post. Thank you for giving me something to meditate on as I begin my week.

    • Ginger Harrington

      I would have loved to have an image for this one, but not something I have made recently and I try to do all my own photography. I am so glad you were blessed by this post. I had a blast working on it!

  2. This was so beautifully written my friend, and I loved all the word pictures and photographs that captured the points you were making so very well! This was a sweet confirmation of a desire I have had to be more intentional about memorizing scripture truths to replace my areas of worry…Love it~thanks for sharing your precious insights, dear sister! 🙂

    • Ginger Harrington

      I am thrilled this has hit a sweet spot for you. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts. Scripture memory is such a powerful weapon against worry. Blessings friend!

  3. What an awesome post Ginger! You really helped take the fear and mystery out of this concept of meditation. We all know how to worry so when you said that worry dwells on problems and meditation dwells on truth-this really strikes a chord. I love all the imagery comparisons you used as well. Thanks dear one!
    Haiden

    • Ginger Harrington

      Thanks for your feedback. It is so helpful to know what resonates with folks. I am really interested to see what other images folks can suggest to add to this list. Grace and peace in all your upcoming decisions.

  4. Ginger, I’ve read a lot of articles on meditation but never have I seen it described so beautifully. The images you shared will stick with me. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Ginger Harrington

      So glad you liked this. It was a special post to write and I’d like to do more with it. I appreciate your thoughts so much, Cathy.

  5. Love the comparison of meditation to sinking into a comfortable chair. Snuggling in and letting God’s truth wash over us would be true meditation to me. Visiting you from Better Blogs. Blessings, my friend! Mary

  6. Wonderful post dear Ginger! I loved the analogies used. Beautifully written. Thank you and many blessings to you! Natasha

    • Ginger Harrington

      So glad you stopped by for a visit. Loved seeing your wonderful blog and connecting through better blogs. Grace and peace.

  7. You spoke to my heart, Ginger. I need to meditate more and worry less. Thank you for another great post!

  8. This is wonderful. I will be coming back again to read through again. As I read through the Bible this year for the first time this really spoke to my heart. Stopping in thanks to multiple friends sharing your post!! 🙂

    • Ginger Harrington

      I am so glad you stopped by Beth! I am so excited that you read the Bible through this year. What an accomplishment that well bless you many times over. I am honored that this has been a blessing to you.

  9. This was beautiful and gave me motivation and new ideas.

  10. Ginger, I’ve never heard it put that if you can worry, then you can meditate because it’s the same principle! What an eye opener! Plus, I love your photography! 🙂 Very powerful post!

    • Ginger Harrington

      So glad you stopped by, Mary. I truly appreciate your feedback on the photography as you are one of those folks who have inspired me to learn more. Blessings!

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  12. All I can say is a hearty Amen to all the above comments. Blessings, dear Ginger.

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