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Try This Exercise for Meditating & Journaling On God’s Word

Continuing our What is a Christian series, we’re going to talk about Biblical meditation. Sometimes when we think about meditation, we think about someone sitting cross-legged with their hands resting on their knees, eyes closed, chanting or repeating a vowel sound like “Om” or something.

Biblical meditation is not like that. Biblical meditation is about focusing your mind on scripture and letting the Lord speak to you. It’s about engraving God’s word deeply on your heart and letting Him know that you care about what He says.

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water… – Psalm 1:1-3

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer. – Psalm 19:14

Are you ready to meditate on God’s word? Try this exercise:

  1. Grab your Bible, a journal or notebook and a pen.
  2. Find a quiet place where you can be alone.
  3. Pray! Ask God to speak to you through His word and ask for a listening and understanding heart.
  4. In your journal make a little column off to the side of the page and put the word “tasks” at the top. This is for when you get distracted thinking about other things you want or need to do that day; when this happens, write those things down in this column, that way you won’t forget them and you can quickly get back to meditating.
  5. Pick a verse out of your Bible. It can be one you’ve read before or something completely new!
  6. Write the verse in your journal and close your Bible. If you keep your Bible open, you may get distracted looking up other verses instead of meditating.
  7. Now, just repeat that verse (the whole thing or just a part of it) to yourself.
  8. Write down anything that you think God is telling you as you continue to repeat the verse. If you begin to feel like singing the verse, do it! Let God move you in whatever way He wants. Write songs, letters, poems, whatever God’s spirit gives to you!
  9. Try to do this for at least 15 minutes if you can. You’ll be surprised at the cool things God will reveal to you as you meditate on His words.

Put me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm. – Song of Songs 8:6a

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    Posted by ShianneB1996 on January 6, 2013 at 17:32

    God speaks to me. I never thought about doing this and I always feel better when I read my bible

  3. Posted by on September 29, 2011 at 18:59

    I’m never sure if it’s God talking to me or if it’s me talking to myself and making things up…how can I tell?

    • Posted by Nicole on September 30, 2011 at 16:41

      it’s your gut feeling… you can tell. Listen to your gut and your instincts.

  4. Posted by on September 2, 2011 at 16:57

    what are some ways to help clear your mind of problems, fears, plans, and stressful things before spending time with God? i often pray and tell Him what all is on my mind before i begin studying the word so that it will be easier to focus. sometimes thats not always the case. i want so much to absorb, retain, and apply what He wants me to know but sometimes i feel that my thoughts are getting in the way of being capable of fully meditating.

    • Posted by Nicole on September 3, 2011 at 17:37

      I know it’s hard- because our thoughts DO take over!! Ask the Lord to clear your mind of any distractions, go in a quiet place, and write first the problem or issue that you’re having. He speaks to you in your soul, and you’ll know the difference. It makes a difference if you write down the question first, and ask the Lord to give you advice concerning it. Trust me it works!

  5. Posted by on July 12, 2011 at 10:32

    This is good advice however you must know the context of the verse so you do not miss interpret the scripture before you meditate on it. Scripture interprets scripture. The is only one interpretation
    on the scripture but many applications 🙂

  6. Posted by on July 8, 2011 at 13:12

    what if i cant hear him? is that a bad thing

    • Posted by Nicole on July 8, 2011 at 14:24

      You will, I promise. He speaks to you through your heart, he tells you what to do. Pray that you hear His voice, and when you hear what you’re supposed to do, that’s Him. I frequently hear Him saying to me, “I hold you in the palm of my hand.” He’ll tell you these things you just need to clear your mind and hear. 🙂

  7. Posted by on June 30, 2011 at 18:40

    I will deffinetly try this 🙂

  8. Posted by on June 30, 2011 at 08:03

    thank you

  9. Posted by on June 29, 2011 at 18:23

    that sounds like a good idea thanks for shareing

  10. Posted by on June 29, 2011 at 11:11

    I meditate on God’s word and it gets me through my day. Sometimes if I don’t read my bible everyday,my day does not go well. That’s how close I am to God.