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Many people have Bibles. Few people benefit from their Bible as much as they could. If you own a Bible but don’t read it, the Bible won’t help you much. And even if you read your Bible each day, you will miss many benefits if you don’t meditate on what you read. Thomas Watson, a wise Christian from centuries past, wrote,  “The reason we come away so cold from reading the Word is because we do not warm ourselves at the fire of meditation.”

To meditate means to dwell upon, to keep thinking about, to run something through your mind over and over. Not everybody meditates on Scripture, but everybody meditates on something. As one author put it, “If you know how to worry, you already know how to meditate.” If you’re not meditating by dwelling on a problem and worrying about it, you still meditate on something. It may be football, ice skating, finances, hairstyle, a boyfriend, a movie character, politics, or something else. Whenever you think about something over and over, you are meditating.

Donald Whitney defines biblical meditation as “deep thinking on the truths and spiritual realities revealed in Scripture for the purposes of understanding, application, and prayer.” Each day, as you read the Bible, take time to focus on a particular sentence or section of Scripture.  Repeat it to yourself. Take some time to absorb it. Ask God how it applies to you. This will help God’s Word to sink in, and it will deepen your sense of God’s involvement in your life. As you meditate on the Bible, the Spirit shows applications to life events, and Christ enters more deeply into your life. Likewise, as you meditate on your life events, the Spirit will bring Bible truths to mind, and you will enter more deeply into Christ’s life.

Meditation is one measure of our love for God. Thomas Watson wrote, “The first fruit of love is the musing of the mind upon God. He who is in love, his thoughts are ever upon the object. He who loves God is ravished and transported with the contemplation of God. God is the treasure, and where the treasure is, there is the heart. By this we may test our love to God. What are our thoughts most upon? Do we contemplate Christ and glory? Oh, how far are they from being lovers of God, who scarcely ever think of God!”

I have a long way to go in my love of God and in meditation, but I have tasted enough benefits of meditation to vouch for its value. Throughout the centuries, friends of God have embraced meditation and grown closer to God through it. I pray that meditation will be a growing part of your walk with God. Let these words become yours: “I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.” (Psalm 77:12) “I have stored up your word in my heart… I will meditate on your wondrous works… your testimonies are my meditation. My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise.” (Psalm 119)

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