But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law he meditates day and nightPsalm 1 v 2
The idea of meditation conjurs up the image of someone sitting cross-legged, perhaps on a beach, listening to the waves and just completely emptying their mind.
But meditating on God’s word is a proactive thing.
To meditate is to exercise the mind in, to contemplate, or focus on a subject in this manner.
All these things require discipline, careful consideration and diligence.
The ‘blessed’ man is the man who studies God’s word, who really seeks to understand and ingest it.
Start a Journal!
I don’t know about you, but I always find things stick a little more permanently in my mind when I’ve written them down. Perhaps it’s the writer in me, but organising my thoughts on paper really helps me to focus. It’s an extremely helpful tool when trying to break down the components of a verse. I find by journaling, I can slow down and digest what I’m reading – I can ask myself questions: what is the verse saying? What does it tell me about God? What does it tell me about me?
I’ve been really blessed over the last few days by reading a lovely little collection of Morning devotions penned by the lesser-known wife of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. The collection is called ‘Free Grace & Dying Love.’ It’s inspiring to note the way Susannah takes a small chunk of scripture, perhaps just one verse, and is able to get so much nourishment out of it! I often find that focussing on smaller chunks of scripture is a great way to study. Sometimes I even focus on individual words. But a note of caution here – it’s important to read the verse in context – sometimes it can be helpful to read the whole passage first, to get a broader overview of the text, before homing in on one particular verse.
Day & Night
I wouldn’t go as far as to suggest that the above instruction is absolutely prescriptive, but it would seem to me that ‘day and night’ indicates commitment and regularity. I know for me, first thing in the morning works best, otherwise the day tends to run away, and a quiet moment never comes!
Day and night could also suggest a continuous meditation, a kind of dialogue with God throughout the day, using what you’ve read as a springboard for prayer or praise.
There are so many tools now that can help us study the word. There are podcasts and blogs and all sorts of apps and bible reading plans – you can even have the bible read to you! Regularly immersing ourselves in the word of God may require discipline and a little perseverance – but the rewards are so rich! But more about this in the next post.
How about you?
How do you study the word of God? Do you journal? Do you use a daily reading plan – I’d love to hear from you. Let me know in the comments section below.