But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.
Psalm 1:2 (NLT)
Who of us meditates on the law of the Lord, day and night?
I can honestly say that I don’t meditate on God’s Word nearly as much as I should. I don’t memorize enough scripture, and I have an awful tendency to treat my time in God’s Word as little more than a checklist item. Does anyone else do the same?
However, it is through the scriptures that God reveals to us who He is, what He’s done for us, and what He calls us to do. How are we supposed to follow in His steps if we don’t read the Bible and understand what following in His steps means?
I’ll be the first to admit that it can be far too easy to fall out of reading God’s Word, so here are a few practical solutions to help us meditate on the law of Lord day and night.
- Read the Bible first thing in the morning.
If you can, I’ve found this to be particularly helpful because I’m starting off my day by surrendering to God. Also, I’m making sure I focus on God before I get distracted by everything else life might throw at me throughout the rest of the day.
- Find a Bible reading plan.
If you don’t know where to start, find a plan to help you. There are many of them out there. Here’s a link to a few. Or, if you’d rather not be confined to a plan, pick a book-any book-and just start reading!
- Don’t just read the Bible.
Think on it. Meditate on it. For me, this can mean writing notes about what I read, journaling about what touched me in the passage, praying about what I read silently, or writing a prayer in my journal. I also underline things in my Bible and make what I’ll call “word art” in the margins to highlight the things that stood out most to me. In short, when I take the time to write about what I’m reading, I force myself to consider more deeply what I’m reading instead of simply checking it off of a list.
- Memorize scripture.
This can be a hard one for me to stick with. I start off strong, memorizing one or more verses a day, but inevitably, I peter out after too long. However, the best way for us to be able to tackle whatever life throws at us head-on is by already having God’s Word stored in our hearts, ready to combat whatever comes our way.
I hope some of those ideas help you. If you have other suggestions, please leave them in the comments!
Let’s hold ourselves accountable for being in God’s Word consistently. After all, it’s our best resource for getting to know Him.