“Let…the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
“True contemplation is not a psychological trick but a theological grace.” Thomas Merton
There is nothing mystical about meditation other than the profound mystery that the creator of the universe, God Himself, desires to have fellowship with us. He desires to reveal Himself to us and communicate with us through His Word and by His Spirit living inside of us. Now that is something worth thinking about.
What are the things that most often occupy your thoughts? Are they thoughts of worry or concern? Health? Finances? Wayward children? Broken relationships? Thoughts of pleasure or escape? Vacation? Good meal? Financial gain? Latest released novel or movie? Our minds are amazing. Though they are able to take in and process so much information, the shear busyness of life can often leave us little or no time to fix our thoughts on God. In his book The Knowledge of the Holy, A.W Tozer writes “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
Scripture memory and meditation are great ways to not only help us think more about God but also to think correctly about Him. Dallas Willard, former professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California, wrote, “Bible memorization is absolutely fundamental to spiritual formation. If I had to choose between all the disciplines of the spiritual life, I would choose Bible memorization, because it is a fundamental way of filling our minds with what it needs. This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth. That’s where you need it! How does it get in your mouth? Memorization.” (“Spiritual Formation in Christ for the Whole Life and Whole Person” in Vocatio, Vol. 12, no. 2, Spring, 2001, p. 7.)
Tips For Practicing Meditation and Scripture Memory
- Find a quiet place where you can be alone with your thoughts and with God.
- Spend time praying, thinking about the passage. What does it teach me about God? What does it tell me about myself? What am I supposed to do?
- Write the verse(s) on several 3X5 cards and place them in prominent places like the bathroom mirror, the fridge, your desk. Keep The Word in front of you.
- Commit it to memory. If it’s long break it down until you can recite the whole thing from memory (Psalm 119: 9-11).
- Once a passage is memorized, you have instant access to meditate on it anytime (driving, falling asleep, standing in line, ER).
Resources On Meditation/Scripture Memory
A Shelter in the Time of Storm – Meditations on God and Trouble by Paul David Tripp (Buy Here)
Knowledge of the Holy – By A.W Tozer (Buy Here)
Knowing God – By J. I Packer (Buy Here)