Simple ways to Meditate on God’s Word

Letting God’s Word seep into the depths of our heart and the nitty-gritty of our moments brings life and wholeness.

Words and images to simplify meditating on the Bible.

God’s Word changes lives when it transforms our hearts and minds. Yet the distance between the head and the heart, between knowing and inhabiting truth can be a long road. Learning to read Scripture with the heart rather than the head empowers us to receive revelation rather than simply learn information.

In the book Life With God, Richard Foster writes, “The best guard against any handling of Scripture that leaves our souls untouched—and ourselves unchanged—is surrender to the cleansing, forming flow of the Holy Spirit. Simply this means opening our whole selves—mind, body, spirit; thoughts, behavior, will—to the open page before us. We seek far more than familiarity with the text alone; instead we are focusing our attention through and beyond the text to the God whose reality fills its depths” (p. 62).

The Value of Holy Expectancy

Holy expectancy brings us to God with a heart ready to receive right in this very moment. For “there is a difference between simply being in the same room with others versus truly being present to them” (Richard Foster, Life With God, p.23).

Meditation teaches us to read with the heart being fully present with God. It is one simple way to let God’s Word seep into the fiber of our souls. As our thinking is transformed by God’s word, truth becomes life as we choose to live God’s way.

Through meditation we learn that the words Christ speaks to us “are full of the Spirit and life” (John 6:33).

IMG_3857Meditation 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.

  • Simple ways to meditate on God's Word
  • 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 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.)
  • Meditation opens the door to God's WordMeditation 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.

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  • 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.

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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.

Meditation is like a Scrapbook

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

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  • 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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As God’s presence soaks into our lives, holiness will move through the small things, the choices and responses we make in the moment. Added together, holy moments change lives and steer destinies in God’s direction. But it all comes down letting God’s Word seep into our soul as we learn to live present with God.

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20 Comments

  1. Oh, this is so good! I have to admit that I’ve often been a bit confused on what meditation is. I love the way you’ve described it. I know that I need more of this, with my time in the Word.

    • Ginger Harrington

      I can be such a challenge to still our minds and let a passage get deep inside. These illustrations have made a difference to me, and I’m excited to share them. Thanks for visiting today!

  2. Beautiful truths Ginger! I love how you so simply explain what meditation is and how we can enjoy it in our daily lives with the Father!

    • Ginger Harrington

      So glad you visited today, Michelle. I loved meeting you last year at Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference. Congratulations on all that God is doing through you these days!

  3. Thanks for sharing this deep soul longing we have, Ginger … to make God’s Word our every breath we breathe.

    Appreciate the perspective from Richard Foster, too …

    Blessings!

    • Ginger Harrington

      I really enjoyed Foster’s book, Life With God. Along those lines, I also like the books by Jan Johnson. These authors have helped me go deeper into God’s word. So glad to see you here today.

  4. Such wise words, and practical ones, Ginger! In our hurry-up-and-stay-busy world, we desperately need more time spent meditating. Too many of us approach God’s Word with our minds only, and though helpful at times, it won’t yield growth in our faith and in our relationship with God through Jesus Christ. I’m glad you shared these insights with us at Grace & Truth!

    • Ginger Harrington

      Thanks for stopping by. So glad we could connect in this space. Yes, letting God’s word sink in is so important for it to become a vibrant part of our lives.

  5. This is SO GOOD! I added it to my reading list to refer back to. So glad to be your neighbor at Holley’s!

    • Ginger Harrington

      We were neighbors last week too. How fun! These comparisons have made a big difference for me and it is a joy to share them.

  6. Beautiful description and examples of meditation. Joining you from Thought Provoking Thursdays

  7. I’m a huge believer in meditation, in whatever forms we can do it in! (I’m also a lover of Richard Foster books.) Thanks for encouraging me to keep up this spiritual discipline. It does make a difference.

  8. Ginger,
    Great suggestions in your post and lovely photos…This: “Learning to read Scripture with the heart rather than the head empowers us to receive revelation rather than simply learn information.” What a difference it makes…Have a blessed weekend 🙂

    • Ginger Harrington

      Oh friend, so happy to meet you here again. Many blessings this weekend and may God bring you revelation of the heart.

  9. Oh Ginger I’ve missed coming here! It’s been a while but this was perfect. I really do enjoy your blog-thank you! The Lord used it to speak to me!

    • Ginger Harrington

      Yay! I’m so glad. I’ve missed connecting with you in this bloggy space. Last week I nearly tracked you down, but I settled for praying for you instead. God just put you on my mind in a special way. Have a great week!

  10. Great strategies and beautiful images. I need this kind of quiet time – a time to let His Word seep into my soul. I’m so glad I clicked on your link at #CoffeeforYourHeart1
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

    • Ginger Harrington

      So happy to have you visit today. These images have made a big difference in my life. For me, it helps me focus and be open to insights God brings to mind. It can be so tempting to narrow devotional time to a formula or a routine.

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