How to Meditate on God’s Word


Ever wonder how to meditate on God’s word?

One of my favorite Bible verses is Joshua 1:8. It says…

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Joshua 1:8

There’s a lot in that verse about being prosperous and successful, but it all hinges on the act of meditating on God’s word.

I often wondered how to meditate on God’s word. What exactly did that mean?

A Lesson From a Cow

how to meditate on God's wordOnce, I heard someone tell about cows chewing their cud. Cows, as it was explained to me, have multiple stomachs. They eat grass and it goes to the first stomach. Later, the cow literally brings that back up, chews it some more and then it moves to the next stomach.

That idea, though a little gross to think about, explains to us how to meditate on God’s word.

Meditating is more than just reading and re-reading a verse or a group of verses. It’s working hard to digest it and learn all that you can from it.

MeditatingĀ involves bringing it up once in a while during the day and chewing on it, just like that cow.

How to Meditate on God’s Word

Here are a few tips for how to meditate on God’s word.

First, memorize the verse or write it down on a small card and carry it with you during the day. The act of meditating on this verse is really going to help you memorize it at the same time anyway.

Second, as often as you can remember, pull out the verse and read it. Pause and emphasize each of the main words in the verse. For example, if you’re working in John 3:16 you might read “For God so loved…”

Stop on the one word, “God” and dwell on it. Think about the character of God. What are His different names? How does He reveal Himself to us and to others in the Bible? Meditate, or give an extreme amount of thought to just that one word.

You may even spend an entire day on just one word!

Then, move to the next word, “For God so loved…”

Think and meditate on the word love and what God’s love means. You might read the 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians, the “love chapter” and see what you can get from that.

Do this for each and every main word in the verse. Take some time to work through the entire verse. Spend some quality time with each word. Pray over the verse and the words and ask God to reveal things to you.

Seriously, you will be surprised at what you begin to see that others won’t.

Now that you know how to meditate on God’s word, go out and practice what you’ve learned.

God promised in Joshua 1:8 that as you mediate on God’s word and make it a priority in your life, that’s when he will begin to make you prosperous and successful for Him.

Doug is a retired U.S. Air Force veteran who enjoys computers and technical gadgets. He serves God in his local church in the audio/video ministry. He holds an Advanced Diploma of Biblical Studies from Faith Bible Institute. Doug and his wife, Emily, have been married since 1989 and have successfully raised three children. It is his desire to impact young Christian men.

“I believe that most men are not living up to the potential that God has for them and I want to help them to find their purpose, grow spiritually and impact other men for Christ.”

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