Have you ever found yourself muttering? Maybe you don’t even realize you are doing it. I was surprised to hear in a recent sermon that one of the meanings of the Hebrew word for meditate, hāḡâ, is mutter! The pastor explained it this way, “Whether we are reading the Bible carefully to ourselves, or muttering it softly while thinking about it, talking about it with a friend, or teaching it to someone else, this book shall not depart from our mouths.”
Joshua 1:8 NASB1995 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 success.” It can be hard to remember to meditate on God’s Word throughout the day and night. Here are three practical tips to help show you how to meditate on the word of God in everyday life.
Listen to the Word of God.
We are often busy with one task that doesn’t need our full attention. Why not add listening to the Word of God as we do these tasks? Some people enjoy using the Dwell app (affiliate link) to listen to passages of Scriptures or playlists of Bible verses on one topic. I have enjoyed listening to Mary DeMuth’s podcast, Pray Every Day, which is also available as an app. Incorporating God’s Word into different parts of my day helps me keep my mind on Him.
Longtime readers know my affection for the Moms in Prayer structure of praying Scripture. Finding a verse about who we want to pray for or about the problem we are facing can help us redirect our worries and our wishlists into prayers for God’s perfect will for our circumstances. I also have found Jodie Berndt’s books on prayer helpful.
Be thankful at night.
Some people who have trouble falling asleep tell me that one of the best ways they have found to fall asleep peacefully is to be thankful at night. They thank God for everything He has given them and taught them that day. Besides giving God His rightful due as the provider of these blessings, I believe that it also helps the one giving thanks to reframe trials and difficult parts of their day as part of God’s plan. It gives the thankful person a chance to thank God and pray instead of stewing and fretting over a problem. We are obeying His command in Scripture to “Rejoice in the Lord always!” (Philippians 4:4)
Do you have tips on how to meditate on God’s Word? Share in the comments!