Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
There are different types of meditation that can be studied and learned. When we speak about meditation here, we are referring to meditation in the word of God, the Scriptures, the Bible. We are talking about meditation from a Biblical perspective. That is the focus of these teachings and therefore scriptural references will be used to support the things being discussed.
Google’s English dictionary provided by Oxford Languages tells us that the word meditation means to think deeply or carefully about something. So, meditating is merely thinking about or pondering upon a thing. Therefore, merely pausing to think about what is being said is a form of meditation. But there is a more structured and possibly easier-to-follow method of meditating.
The journaling of meditations is one of the best ways to approach pondering the scriptures, mainly because it creates a written record that can be reviewed and edited later. We can use a notebook or record our meditations on a computer.
Meditation is a cumulative process. We add to our knowledge a little bit here and a little bit there. We don’t get all of it at one time. We can often discover new nuggets of truth as we go back to our notebook or our computer document and read our previous meditations. And each time we revisit them, we are able to add more to our understanding.
To begin the meditation process, it is helpful to write out the verse being studied. The act of writing the verse will often reveal things that were not obvious when merely reading it. Writing it forces us to think about it. As we take note of the thoughts that come to mind while we are writing it down, we can come up with some initial notes to make.
As thoughts come concerning the scripture verse you are pondering, write them down in the area below the scripture verse. If a question comes to mind, write it down. Then attempt to answer the question. Write down the answers you come up with. Remember, this is an exercise in thinking deeply.
As you write down your thoughts, leave some room between them, a line space or two, so that thoughts you have later as you review your journal can be added in with the things you previously wrote.
Remember that meditating is a process. Follow the thoughts that you come up with about what you’re reading. Write down what you’re getting. There is no right or wrong statement or question or answer to a question. We are pondering, musing, meditating.
Words in the Bible often mean something different than what we think they mean. The King James Version may use words that we don’t even use in our modern language. Well, why not use a more modern version? It’s because the more modern versions are not connected to a concordance that can give us insight into the Hebrew or Greek meanings of the words from which the scriptures were translated. It’s alright to read modern translations to get a general idea of what’s being said, but we must use the KJV version to determine the meanings of the Hebrew and Greek words the Bible was translated from.
The use of a good Bible dictionary like the Strong’s Concordance is absolutely essential in meditating the scriptures. Using a concordance has been made fairly easy with the advent of Bible websites such as biblehub.com, biblestudytools.com, and others. Most of these sites have the Strong’s Concordance integrated into their KJV version of the Bible, so that definitions of words in the verses you’re looking at can be viewed with just a mouse click. And if you don't use a computer, the book version of Strong's Concordance is still available for purchase. It's a little more difficult to use, but it gives the same result as the computer version.
So, as we meditate in a particular scripture, we can look up the definitions of the words and write down what catches our attention in those definitions. Some words have very broad meanings, while others may have more narrow definitions. And some words in the Bible don't mean what we think they mean at all.
As you meditate in a scripture verse, you may find yourself writing down five or ten pages of notes. Let yourself go. Your knowledge of the Bible will grow exponentially. Feel free to explore the things you are thinking of and follow every path that opens. Let the process become an adventure of discovery as the Lord leads you in the pursuit of truth.
Proverbs 2:4-5 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.