One of the most life-changing habits we can develop is meditating on Scripture.
This means to keep a phrase or passage from the Bible in our thoughts, pondering its meaning and implications. As we go throughout the day, we keep that thought in mind, reflecting and contemplating. Even when we are not consciously considering the phrase, it is still on the “backburner” of our thinking.
We mull it over, asking ourselves questions such as these:
What does this say about God? What does this say about me? How does God want me to apply this to my own life?
What are the spiritual and physical parallels in this situation? What deeper truths are hidden here? How does this connect with other truths?
How does this passage encourage me? convict me? instruct me?
How is the beauty of Christ revealed in this Scripture? How can I treasure and adore Him here?
Meditating on Scripture is like pouring our behavior and our thoughts into a divine mold. When we hold God’s thinking in our minds, our lives begin to conform to the image of Christ.
Over and over, we let the “water” of the Scriptures wash over our minds and spirits. As we do so, we are cleansed and refreshed. The water of the Word is not only a refreshment to our thirsty spirits; it is also a powerful force that shapes us, just as the repeated rushing of water can sculpt even rock.
Those who meditate on Scripture “are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do” (Psalm 1:3, NLT).
God tells us to study the Book that He has given to us:
Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. (Joshua 1:8, NLT)
What promise from God are you leaning on today? Are your thoughts focused on a specific Scripture? Are you clinging to Truth?
Of course, meditating on Scripture and memorizing Scripture go hand-in-hand. I want to encourage you always to have a verse or a passage that you are memorizing. Just five minutes a day of memorizing will change your life!
(Listen HERE as Joni Eareckson Tada and her husband, Ken, talk about how he memorizes Scripture.)
Below are several encouraging Scriptures. I pray that you will be greatly blessed as you meditate on the precious and powerful promises of God.
If you would like to print these verses, I am attaching them as a pdf HERE.
You can find additional Scripture printables at “Five Smooth Pebbles for You.”
Blessings to you,