What are some tips to help me meditate on God’s Word? from Christian Truth
After Moses died, Joshua was to become the new leader for the Israelites, so God instructed Joshua on his new responsibilities. He said, in part, “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” (Joshua 1:8). Meditating on God’s Word (the Book of the Law) is certainly a biblical concept, and even a command from God (cf. Psalm 1:1–6; 1 Timothy 4:13, 16; 2 Timothy 3:16–17; 2 Peter 1:19–21; Hebrews 4:12; Philippians 4:8). In Deuteronomy 6:6, God tells all the Israelites, “These words that I command you today shall be on your heart.” He then goes on to detail ways to keep His words on their hearts. Deuteronomy 6:6–9 is a good template to follow when looking for ways to meditate on God’s Word.
Deuteronomy 6:7 says, “You shall teach them diligently to your children.” This calls to mind a familiar Latin proverb—Docendo discimus, which means, “By teaching, we learn.” Anyone who has taught knows that we learn much more about a subject if we must understand it well enough to explain it to someone else. In instructing His people to teach His Word to their children, God was not only ensuring that the next generation would know His Word, but also ensuring that the people would study and learn His Word for themselves. One practical way to help you meditate on God’s Word is to agree to teach what you are learning from it to someone else.
Deuteronomy 6:7 goes on to say, “. . . and shall talk of them when you sit in your house.” Discussing God’s Word with others in the comfort of our own homes is a great way to keep His Word in the forefront of our minds. It can be done over a meal, while washing dishes, or while folding laundry together. God’s Word should be a regular topic of discussion inside our homes.
Deuteronomy 6:7 continues, “. . . and when you walk by the way.” God’s Word is not to be confined only to discussions within our homes, but also while we are out and about. We can talk about His Word with anyone we meet, and we can even meditate on God’s Word while we travel. Listening to Bible verses set to music while in the car or listening to a dramatic reading of the Bible while working out are other ways to meditate on God’s Word while “on the way.”