DAY THIRTY of 50-Day Spiritual Journey

What is Scripture saturation? It involves 5 key activities.

  1. Reading the Scripture
  2. Studying the Scripture
  3. Memorizing the Scripture
  4. Meditating on the Scripture
  5. Obeying the Scripture

Let’s continue to look at these components of Scripture saturation.

3.  Memorizing:

Read Psalm 119:9-11

One of the ways we grow in Christ is to store up His word in our hearts or memorize Scripture. For many, memorization can become difficult. But think about how many songs you know where you can sing along perfectly to the lyrics. Think about sports statistics that you have memorized. Think about locker combinations or passwords or any other bits of information you have locked away in your brain.

We need to read the Word, study the Word, and then begin to memorize the Word.  Again, being in a disciple-making small group can help encourage you on this journey. Others can pray for you and motivate you to begin to memorize Scriptures.

4.   Meditating

Read Joshua 1:8

Psalm 39:3

The NIV translates this “meditated” while the ESV, KJV, and NASB translate it “mused”

The Hebrew word used in all these OT verses is “hagah” which really means to “groan” or to speak out loud. In the Old Testament times, people read and prayed out loud. This concept of silent reading is a modern convention, but in Biblical times they read out loud. They let the word be heard vocally so that they could truly understand its meaning.

Read Psalm 1:1-3

Psalm 119:98-100

As it has been very dry here in Northeastern Colorado and we have been praying for rain for the farmers, what would we rather have? A thundershower and quick rain that washes away or a long, steady drip of rain over many days?

Meditating is like letting your mind marinate—taking chicken or beef and letting it marinate in a sauce before you cook it.  Meditating means to let the word soak in your heart and soul and to think about it, ponder it, and to let it takes its full effect in your life.

Read Philippians 4:8

The word for “think” is “logizomai” which means to reckon or to credit or to calculate or to dwell upon or strongly consider or to deliberate. The very word carries the idea of taking time and energy to scrutinize and examine. The tense of the verb in Greek is in the present tense, which means that it is to be a continuous action. It is to be an ongoing lifestyle.

Definition of meditation: Thinking deeply on the truths and spiritual realities as revealed in the Scriptures for the purposes of understanding, application, and prayer.

How to meditate on Scripture:

  1. Select the Scripture passage
  2. Repeat it in different ways out loud to let it sink into your mind
  3. Rewrite the passage in your own word to enhance understanding
  4. Ask questions of the text for personal application: “How am I to respond to this text? What would God have me do as a result of reading this today?”
  5. Pray through the text asking the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to the truths and personal application
  6. Don’t rush—take time—It is better to read a small amount of Scripture and meditate on it than to read an extensive section without meditation

Lord,

Help me to meditate on your word. Let is sink deeply into my soul so that I can truly grasp it. I want to think hard on your word. I know meditation does not mean emptying my mind like in Eastern mysticism, but in filling my mind with the truth of Your Word. May I meditate on your word today. Amen

 

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