Meditating on God's Word
There are many different ways to meditate. This method systematically searches each verse to reveal its relation to: sins to confess or avoid, God's promises, examples to follow, commands to obey, and knowledge we may learn of God.
Three separate instances in the Bible tell how we can be blessed and be prosperous in all that we do:
``Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water,
that brings forth its fuit in its season,
whose leaf does not wither;
and whatever he does shall prosper.''
``This book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth,
but you shall MEDITATE in it day and night,
that you may observe to DO
according to all that is written in it.
For then you will make your way prosperous,
and then you will have good success.''
``But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty
and continues in it,
and is not a forgetful hearer
but a doer of the work,
this one will be blessed in what he does.''
The key ingredient in each verse is to MEDITATE on the word of God that we may observe to DO all that is written in the Book.
From these verses, it is clear that if we want to be blessed and prosper in all that we do, we need to meditate on the word of God. Here is a good, biblical method for meditation:
Find one verse in the Bible. With this verse, paraphrase it in your own words, memorize it, and then prayerfully consider each of the following questions:
1. SINS- are there any sins to avoid?
``All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,
and is profitable for doctrine,
for instruction in righteousness,
that the man of God may be complete,
thoroughly equipped for every good work.''
2 Timothy 3:16-17
2. PROMISES- are there any promises to claim?
``by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises,
that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature,
having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.''
2 Peter 1:3-4
3. EXAMPLES- are there any examples for me to follow?
``Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.''
1 Corinthians 11:1
``For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us...
to make ourselves an EXAMPLE of how you should follow us.''
2 Thessalonians 3:7-9
4. COMMANDS- are there any commands to obey? Jesus says in John 14:21:
``He that hath my commandments,
and keepeth them,
he it is that loveth me:
and he that loveth me
shall be loved of my Father,
and I will love him,
and will manifest myself to him.''
5. KNOWLEDGE- is there something about God to be learned?
``Grace and peace be multiplied unto you
through the KNOWLEDGE of God,
and of Jesus our Lord,''
2 Peter 1:2-3
Notice that the method above spells "SPECK".
After prayerfully considering the previous questions, what is your practical response to what God has shown you? After all, the point is to meditate on the word, that we may be able to DO what it says. James says ``But be ye DOERS of the word, and not hearers only....'' (James 1:22)