How do I meditate on the Word?

The Word of God, which is scripture, is useful for training in righteousness (1 Timothy 3:16-17) and renewing your mind (Romans 12:2). Meditating on the Word of the Lord helps a Christian to walk fully in the spirit (Galatians 5:5). To “walk fully in the spirit” means to renew your mind and your heart in Christ and let His word shape your behavior after it shapes your beliefs. Three ways to meditate on the word are to draw it, read it, and memorize it.

Draw It--In this method, you choose a verse and turn the verse into art. You can sculpt it or write a music piece,  but most people draw the verse out. This drawing can be symbolic or tell a story. Drawing the verse may include doodling, stick figures, charcoal pencils, oil painting, watercolors, anime, or comic strips. The drawing can be simple or intricate. The drawing can take a couple of minutes or months. This method makes meditating on the verse visual and adds emotions and feelings that are missing in memorizing or reading the verse.

Read It--Another method to meditate on a bible verse is to read it one hundred times. You can keep count using hash marks. In this method, you can read the verse one hundred times in one sitting or over a period of time. This method works well for single verses or for longer passages. You can even use this method for Bible books you want to think deeply about and know well. I have used this method for Jude, 1 John, Obadiah, and passages I want to teach over.

Memorize It--Memorizing scriptures helps to more fully reflect on that verse or verses from scripture. You can reflect on a verse in moments of trying times, during moments of weakness, or standing in the self-checkout line. Memorizing can be difficult; many teens and adults neglect this spiritual discipline.

One way to memorize a verse is to read the verse five times, three times a day. After a while, try to look away while reading the verse and see if you can still recall the verse. Meal times can remind you to read your memory verse five times since many of us eat about three times a day.

A second method to memorize a verse is to write the verse over and over again. Eventually, you can write the verse without peeking at the verse.

A third method is to download the “Bible Memory App.” The logo for that app looks like a red Bible open with a cross in the middle. This app allows you to set up your own memory verses and prompts you to practice. Once a verse is memorized, the Bible Memory App will repeat the verse days, weeks, and months later so that the verse is fresh in your mind and heart. You can connect with friends, memorize the same verse, or create a list of verses around a topic.

If you have another scripture meditation method or want to share what works or does not work for you, please share in the comments below. I would love to hear from you!
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