There are some incredible promises concerning biblical meditation. Look at these two verses and get excited.
“But (the blessed man’s) 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 fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalm 1:2-3).
“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” (Joshua 1:8).
Biblical meditation is not emptying our minds, but it is delightfully focusing on, and slowly “chewing on,” the truths and ways of God. One of the meanings for the word is mutter. As we think of, and speak to ourselves about, the things of God, it is biblical meditation. Memorization of Scripture will take this to an even higher level.
So, how can we activate and participate in this life-launching habit? Here are five keys to do so:
- Value it – We will only make time for what we value. The promises of meditation inspire us to do so. We can meditate while walking, driving, or when we are in our secret place.
- Meditate on God’s Word and Promises – Jesus must have mediated much on God’s word because it is what came out of Him when was tempted by the devil in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11). When we think about and mutter over God’s promises and biblical truths, we, like Jesus, will plant God’s word in us so it will overflow out of us in key moments of life. “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11).
- Meditate on God’s Nature – “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name” (Matthew 6:8). In the 1980s, Larry Lee popularized spending one hour a day in prayer by praying 10 minutes into each of the six parts of the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6. It was a wonderful prayer season for me, and I was so blessed in the “hallowing His name” part. He is Jehovah Rapha (our healer), Jehovah Jireh (our provider), Jehovah Nissi (our banner), and more. This caused me to meditate on who He is, not just what He has said or done.
- Meditate on God’s Acts (Testimonies) – “We have heard with our ears, O God. Our fathers have told us, the deeds You did” (Psalm 44:1). Sharing and remembering testimonies is crucial to successful meditation. “Then beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage” (Deuteronomy 6:12). Freedom in our lives will greatly increase through remembering God’s manifest love and power through meditating on them. Here are two places you can feast on testimonies of what God is doing: the first is an App, go to the app store and search for Increase Testimonies; the second is a link to testimonies from the Healing Rooms which people come to each Saturday here at Bethel church in Redding, CA
- Meditate on the Supernatural and Unseen Realm – One of the main reasons people do not have hope is because they do not factor in the supernatural into their lives. This tendency is overcome by spending time meditating about the supernatural happenings in the Bible – whether it be in the gospels, the Book of Acts, or other parts of the Bible. I highly recommend my wife Wendy’s book, Living From the Unseen, as a help in this.
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8).
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ABOUT STEVE BACKLUND
Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.