Try This Exercise for Meditating & Journaling On God’s Word
Written by Jenn Arman | June 29, 2011
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:
- Grab your Bible, a journal or notebook and a pen.
- Find a quiet place where you can be alone.
- Pray! Ask God to speak to you through His word and ask for a listening and understanding heart.
- 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.
- Pick a verse out of your Bible. It can be one you’ve read before or something completely new!
- 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.
- Now, just repeat that verse (the whole thing or just a part of it) to yourself.
- 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!
- 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