Understanding Through Meditation
“I just don’t understand the Bible.” Have you said that before? If you haven’t thought it or said it, you probably know someone who has. Whether it be a verse or an entire chapter, we have all had those moments of frustration where we just don’t understand what Scripture is saying. For some, this has led them to put their Bible back on the shelf and pick up something more “understandable”.
Over the past few years I have become more convinced that the more we meditate on Scripture the more we will understand it. While reading in Psalm 49 recently, God directed my attention to verse three. Psalm 49:3 reads, “…the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.” (ESV). I like the way the Holman Christian Standard Bible translates this verse by saying, “my heart’s meditation brings understanding.”
Meditation doesn’t happen quickly. It’s not an instantaneous thing. But when we take the time to put in the work, we will reap the benefits….in this case, understanding! Just as someone doesn’t get stronger physically by merely walking into a gym and looking around at all the equipment, so we too won’t grow in our understanding of Scripture by merely looking at it. We have to roll up our sleeves and dive into it…pick it apart, think over it, pray over it, wrestle with it….meditate on it!
In Joshua 1, Joshua has just been commissioned by God to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. In verse eight God says,
“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
Through meditation Joshua would gain understanding of what to do and in doing so He would walk in the will of God and experience the Lord’s blessing upon His life.
So as you spend time in God’s word this week, I encourage you to take the time to meditate upon it. For when we do, God promises that we will gain understanding of what we are reading. If you’re not sure exactly where to begin with meditation, simply use the acronym “ERA”
E – Emphasize different words in the verse
R – Re-write the verse in your own words
A- Ask yourself if there is a SPECK in the verse.
Sin to avoid
Promise to claim
Example to follow
Command to obey
Knowledge about God
Kyle and Maggie Hooper live in Blacksburg, Virginia where they serve with The Navigators U.S. Military Ministry at Virginia Tech. In addition to their ministry to the Corps of Cadets, Kyle serves as an F-22 Aircraft Maintenance Officer in the Virginia Air National Guard. Kyle & Maggie have two children, Jack (3) and Luke (2) and are passionate about raising up Godly leaders across our nation’s military.