MEDITATE ON GOD’S WORD


STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM

MEDITATE ON GOD’S WORD
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I have hidden your word in my heart that I
might not sin against you. Psalm
119:11

Over and over the Scriptures
direct us to meditate on God’s Word. This
activity takes time and discipline
but brings much spiritual benefit and
reward. Meditation is focused thinking
about a Bible verse or passage in order
to discover how we can apply its
truth to our own lives.

In applying Scripture, we need to ask three
primary questions.

• What did it mean to the original hearers?


What is the underlying timeless principle?

• Where or how should I
practice that principle?

Here are six specific ways to meditate on a
verse or passage:

• Picture it. Visualize the scene in your
mind.

• Pronounce it. Say it aloud each time, emphasizing a different
word.

• Paraphrase it. Rewrite the verse in your own words.


Personalize it. Replace the pronouns or people with your own name.

• Pray
it. Turn the verse into a prayer and say it back to God.

• Probe it. Ask
the following questions:

– Is there any sin to confess? Is there any
promise to claim?

– Is there any attitude to change? Is there any command
to keep?

– Is there any example to follow? Is there any prayer to
pray?

– Is there any error to avoid? Is there any truth to
believe?

– Is there something for which to thank God?

When Laos
was taken over by a communist government, the leading pastor, Rev.
Sail was
put into a prison camp for three years of “re-education.” He referred
to it
later as his university experience. During that time he led five men
to
Christ in the camp. He had no Bible so he discipled these new believers
on
scriptures he had memorized and internalized. Later those men became
leaders
in the church.

RESPONSE: Today I will learn to meditate on
God’s Word.

PRAYER: Pray for Christians in prisons of the world where
they do not have a
Bible.

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