Many Christians read their Bibles and pray, but are they really meditating on God’s Word? And do they understand what this means?
The Lord called Joshua to lead Israel after Moses’ death. In Joshua 1:8 he told him, “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.”
The Lord wanted to fill Joshua’s heart with the Word so he would know precisely what to do and how to lead the people according to God’s standards and God's commands. That’s exactly what He wants to do in our lives as well. If we’ll meditate on Scripture, the Lord will unfold His truths and His instructions to us.
To meditate on God's Word we must do at least three things; I've said it like this: Out, In, On!
* Shut OUT the world.
That means no to television, iPhones and iPads etc. or other outside distractions.
* Shut yourselves IN with God.
Meditation is not a group activity but a private time alone with the Lord.
* Focus your attention ON a passage of Scripture.
This is not just a casual reading time of God’s Word but a D & M [deep and meaningful] private conversation with the Lord.
Begin by asking God to reveal what He wants to say to you. Then listen for His instructions and guidance while reading, thinking and praying about the passage.
Then there are the 4 'P's!
- Priority - The devil will always try to thwart our efforts to focus on God’s Word because he knows we are absorbing it into our souls and spirit. If meditation is not a priority in your lives, you probably won’t even do it.
- Place - Find a private place to meet alone with God; not in the family room with the TV going and other family members talking.
- Purpose - The purpose of meditation is to commune with and hear from the Lord. When we concentrate on His Word and seek His guidance, He sometimes uses very specific passages of Scriptures to answer our requests. Once we’ve understood what He’s revealed, our trust in Him increases and our worries start to abate.
- Plan - We must plan to set aside regular time to meet with the Lord privately to read His Word, ask for direction and to listen for His voice. This opportunity to be alone with Him soon becomes the most precious part of each day as we learn to know almighty God more intimately, and hear Him speak to us personally through Scripture.
This is what meditation is all about!