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Biblical Meditation: The Art of Chewing Your Spiritual Food

Biblical meditation is like enjoying a good meal. It takes time & effort, but the results will nourish your soul. Here are 12 ways to help you chew.

 

Your words were found and I ate them, and Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I have been called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.

Jeremiah 15:16

I enjoy a good meal.

Maybe I made it. Maybe someone else prepared it. Either way, sitting down to a flavorful plate or bowlful can be refreshing, nourishing, sustaining, healing.

But only if I actually eat it!

Which involves chewing. And swallowing. Digesting. Absorbing.

Which takes time. And a little effort. You can’t enjoy a good meal by osmosis.

You can’t take in spiritual food by osmosis either.

Digesting and absorbing Scripture takes time and a little effort too.

You can’t just glance over a few verses or even read an entire chapter or book of the Bible and expect to be thoroughly refreshed and nourished.

This is where the practice of Biblical meditation comes in.

Biblical meditation is an active process of carefully considering a passage of Scripture in its original context, mulling over the full meaning, and evaluating the application it has for oneself.

Meditating on Scripture is similar enjoying a good meal.

It involves cutting it up into bites. Chewing each one carefully and savoring each drop of flavor. Swallowing the whole truth, digesting the full meaning, and absorbing it into one’s character.

Are you finding joy and delight the Word of God as Jeremiah did in that verse quoted above? Perhaps you need to actually eat it more often!

How does one do that? Well, since Biblical meditation is an active process, here are some suggestions of things you can DO to help you digest the Bible.

Biblical meditation is like enjoying a good meal. It takes time & effort, but the results will nourish your soul. Here are 12 ways to help you chew.

 

12 Ways to Chew Your Spiritual Food

Write a passage out by hand. Think about how the words are arranged as you do so. Emphasize key words in some way – capitalize, highlight, shade with a colored pencil. Replace appropriate pronouns with your name.

Read a passage out loud several times. Put the emphasis on a different phrase of the verse each time you read it.

Pray through a passage. Use the words of the verse in conversation with God. Ask Him to help you understand, remember and apply the truth.

Rewrite a verse in your own words. How would you explain what is said? What synonyms can you use?

Study individual words. Dig deeper into the meaning of key words by looking at history, usage and more. An online tool like Blue Letter Bible can be helpful.

Look for Christ. How does the passage point to Jesus? Does it reference the law or the gospel?

Notice different parts of speech. Mark verbs, nouns, adjectives. Observe repeated or connected words and concepts. Diagram the sentences if you’re so inclined!

Write out the commands. Make a list of everything you are instructed to do.

Find connections. Look for the common thread between two or three different passages.

Seek solutions. Does the passage answer a question or solve a problem?

State the main principle. Summarize the big idea that is being communicated.

Make a list of insights. Set a goal for discovering 5, 7, 10 – you decide.

O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! Psalm 34:8

 

How will you chew your next spiritual meal?

 

Shared at: Grace & Truth,

Comments

  1. This is amazing!

    I’ve heard once that we need to chew it like a cow chews its cud.

    I’m terrible at scripture memorization – so I use a few of these strategies to actually help me retain scripture.

    Pinned this! Thanks so much for sharing!
    xoxo

    • Glad these tactics help you remember Scripture, Jennifer. I can recall phrases and ideas but not always the references, so I’m really thankful for the online Bible search tools available!

  2. Visiting from Grace and Truth link up. This post is very helpful. You have shared wonderful ideas to use for meditation. I look forward to putting some of these into practice. Thank you so much. May your soul be refreshed as you meditate on the beautiful words of our Lord. Sweet Blessings to you!

  3. Not only is this a practical post, but it’s lovely as well! Gorgeous graphics. Sharing on Fb this week! 🙂

  4. In our fast food world, we need to slow down and digest the scripture daily

  5. Beautiful post with clear and practical application, Abi! Thank you for sharing these wonderful, doable ways for going beyond a quick reading of God’s Word. May we learn to dig deeper into His Word feeding our soul and coming to know Him more!

    • Thanks for your kind words, Deborah. Yes, feeding well on His Word does help us to know Christ more; so much richness in our Savior.

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