day 8: prayers from head to heart (scripture meditation)

Have you ever had someone say something like, “I get it but I just don’t feel it.” Or, “I know in my mind that it’s right but it’s my heart that is the issue.” We are immersed in a culture that doesn’t reflect our values as Christians. As we learn what God’s Word says and the truths in it, we may not always feel like what we know to be true is true. Mark Twain once said, “It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.” So, how do allow the truth of the Bible to “bother” us inside?  How do get God’s word from our heads down to our hearts? One way is through Christian meditation.

Many Christians today think meditation is a practice only done by Eastern religions or those in the New Age. Many think we should have nothing to do with meditation as a part of our Christian faith. But Christian meditation is very different from Eastern or New Age meditation. Christian meditation varies from other types in that while they strive to empty the mind, the goal of Christian meditation is to fill our minds with the Word of God. Christian meditation always centers around God’s Word. It also has a long historical heritage in Christianity and should not be something we ought to be afraid of.

Do you remember your first crush? Did you get those syrupy, gooey feelings when you thought about them? It was like you could get them off your mind. When you woke up in the morning, when you went throughout your day at school, at lunch and on the bus ride home you thought about them all the time. Maybe you even had dreams about them. There was no doubt you had fallen hard. That is what God desires for us through prayerful meditation on His Word.

Joshua 1.8 reads:

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. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

(NASB, https://www.bible.com/bible/100/jos.1.8)

God desires us to meditate on statutes and for our minds to chew on His Word so that it sinks deep down into our hearts. In the Bible, the word “meditation” is in most instances used in conjunction with following God’s statutes.

Psalm 119:15 says:

I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.

(ESV, https://www.bible.com/bible/59/psa.119.15)

God wants us to love His teaching and through meditation we can take that leap from intellectually knowing His Word to having it dwell deep inside our hearts.

Your Turn to Pray

Do one or more of the following:

  1. Spend 5-15 minutes prayerfully meditating over Psalm 1 (https://www.bible.com/bible/59/psa.1)
  2. Go to “The Verses Project” website (http://theversesproject.com/explore) and choose a verse. Listen to the scripture song and examine the artwork for that passage. Ask God to speak to you about the passage you have selected. Revisit the passage 3 more times this week and listen to the scripture song.
  3. Prayerfully consider a passage of scripture that you know is true but that you’d like a deeper understanding of. Print or write it out and place it somewhere you will see it. Every time you see it, pause and ask God to deepen your understanding or reveal His truth more deeply to you.