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.
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.
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.
How will you chew your next spiritual meal?
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