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Queens of the Bible

Meditate Your Way to a Breakthrough

by Lenya Heitzig

The word meditate can conjure up visions of gurus, incense, and chiming gongs. However, the biblical concept is quite different from Eastern mysticism. Those devotees use a mantra to empty their minds. Instead, saints fill their minds with God’s Word. The Hebrew word literally means to murmur or ruminate continually, as David wrote, “Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; for they are ever with me” (Psalm 119:97-98).

 

One way to visualize biblical meditation comes from the bovine world. Did you know when cows eat grass they chew the cud? Because cows have four stomachs, they go through a series of chewing, swallowing, and regurgitating. They do this over and over again until the nutrients are thoroughly absorbed into their system. This might be the most complete illustration of internalizing God’s Word and letting it sink deep into our hearts and souls.

 

How do you meditate on God’s Word? I learned a method years ago that remains my all-time favorite way to savor Scripture. I take a passage of Scripture and break it down bit by bit, phrase by phrase, or sometimes word by word. I’ll show you how it works using my life’s verses.

“Delight yourself also in the Lord,

And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord,

Trust also in Him,

And He shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:4-5).

Delight: The first stanza tells the reader to delight. Delight describes something that brings us joy. For me that’s a cozy fire with coffee, a pastry, and a good book. It’s my perfect way to spend a day. But this passage doesn’t tell me simply to delight in things, but to delight in the King. I am to enjoy God as much as I enjoy my favorite pastime. He should be the object of my delight.

 

Desires: The next phrase is a result of the first. As a response to my choosing to delight in Him, God brings desires into my heart. He gives them. I do not treat Him like a genie in a bottle, wishing for riches or relationships. Instead, He gives the desires to my heart that He desires me to have. Our hearts begin to beat as one.

 

Dedication: The next line leads into a natural progression. Now that I have desires, I need to make a commitment to act upon them. To commit means to make a pledge or decision toward a course of action. God expects us to be doers, not just hearers. But who is the object of my commitment? The Lord. Not only does He choose the way I should go, but He also plans the way to get there. He will make a highway in the wilderness (see Isaiah 43:19).

 

Dependence: The next exhortation is to trust. Trusting is not merely hoping or wishing; it carries the idea of going out on a ledge knowing God will keep you or catch you. My trust is not in fate or luck. I am to trust in the Lord. We must keep our focus on God. Without Him there is nothing we can do or accomplish.

 

Destiny: The last line speaks of the future when God will bring something to us. We don’t have it yet, but the promise is sure. He will bring whatever desire He has planted which we have committed to accomplish and are trusting in Him to help—He will bring it to pass. It will happen in His time.

 

Now it’s your turn. Ask God to give you a passage or promise to meditate on. Write it down in a journal and then take time to ruminate on its meaning. Break it apart into bite-sized pieces. Use a dictionary to look up meanings. Then, cling to His promises, for the One who makes them is faithful.