Scripture Meditation: A Beginner’s Guide

Scripture Meditation: A Beginner’s Guide – Bible Lesson. Teen Bible Lesson.

When we hear the word “meditation”, the first thing that often comes to mind is a guru or a lonely shrine in the mountains of Tibet. The Bible, however, talks about a different kind of meditation – meditating on God’s Word. It is simply a way to be quiet and listen to God. You might describe it as praying, thinking, and listening all rolled into one Meditation helps us to stop, place ourselves before God, and let Him work in our lives.

Step 1: Find a quiet place.

Try to find a place that is free from distractions as possible. Get comfortable and quiet in your thoughts.

Step 2: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.

Read a short passage of Scripture (the Psalms are ideal). Don’t read as if you would a school book or a business report, studying just to get the facts. Instead, read it as you would a good story or a communication from your best friend. Put yourself in the passage. Here’s an example. Read Psalm 42 . . .

As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
    When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food
    day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?”
These things I remember
    as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
    under the protection of the Mighty One
with shouts of joy and praise
    among the festive throng.

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.

My soul is downcast within me;
    therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
    the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
    in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
    have swept over me.

By day the Lord directs his love,
    at night his song is with me—
    a prayer to the God of my life.

I say to God my Rock,
    “Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
    oppressed by the enemy?”
10 My bones suffer mortal agony
    as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?”

11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.

  • What pictures do the words bring to mind?
  • Do you ever feel the way the psalmist felt?
  • What does this psalm tell you about what God is like?

Sometimes our prayer are like handing a grocery list of requests to God. Rarely do we wait for His answers.

Step 3: Listen.

So now that you’re quiet, now that you’ve experienced God’s presence in His Word, open yourself to listening. Try to listen not only with your mind, but also with your heart. Ask yourself what God wants to say to you in the Scripture you just read. Don’t forget that God also wants to help you with everyday things in your life – relationships at work, getting along with family, pressures at school, etc.

Step 4: Thank God.

Don’t forget to show your appreciation to God. Thank Him for speaking to you through His Word.

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Meditation isn’t so weird after all. It just takes a little discipline. Once you get the hang of it, you can meditate anytime and anywhere. And that’s what it’s all about – drawing close to God so you know He’s with you every moment.

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