Life in this broken down world is full of circumstances that pull us down. It might news that a friend is unwell, or a child whose bad decisions have gotten them into struggles (several of my friends are in this boat) or we just can’t make ends meet financially.
It is in these times that the discipline of meditating on Scripture would serve us well. (Note, where Eastern Meditation focuses on emptying, Scripture meditation focuses on filling.)
Meditating on Scripture is not easy because it’s not busy. It’s about the process of stopping, focusing, and dwelling on the Lord using His word.
I’ve been meditating on certain scriptures for over a decade. Admittedly, mine is more reactive than proactive. I use it to return me to a focus on Him when I stray in focusing on the world. And I do this as often as I need to.
Identify Scripture that lift you to Him.
Sit still, and SLOWLY read the text over and over (as though you were trying to memorize it but just to dwell, not memorize). If you’re like a friend of mine you might pace (I’ve been known to do this on the treadmill at the gym).
Don’t study. Just slowly read the text over and again. Ask your Father in Heaven to make the truth of the Bible clear to you as you read it.
For me, whenever is practice this, I am filled and encouraged. It may take you a few times to figure out how this process works best for you, but the key words are quiet, focused, unhurried and listening.
Below are three texts to get you started.
“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:2 ESV)
“To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!” (Psalms 123:1) ESV
“Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!” (Psalms 57:5 ESV)
I’ve put them in a Google Doc for you to open and look at on your phone. They are spaced out so that the only thing on your screen is the Scripture. Click Here