As I study God’s Word, I am always looking for ways to enhance my study time as well as the revelation that I receive. One method that was introduced to me a couple of years ago is Revelation by Meditation, by Kirk Bennett. (*Disclaimer: Much of what I am sharing here is already in print, so this is not my own teaching, although I have tried to put it into my own words.) Revelation by Meditation is taking a passage of scripture and repeating it over and over again (meditation) while asking God to give you understanding (revelation) of what the passage means. The longer that you stay on a verse, the more that you will begin to realize what the Lord is speaking through it.
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.
Every time I come before the Lord to study His Word, there is a battle in my mind to stay focused. The enemy does not want the Word of God dwelling in me. He will try any distraction known to man to get me to stop meditating on scripture. An easy way to stay focused and to meditate is R-W-S-S-P. Read it, write it, say it, sing it and pray it.
Read it — Read one verse several times, looking for key phrases or words. Focus on what you are reading and what it may mean in its context. Think of other ways to say the word. Take note of what words are emphasized and how that may affect the meaning of the verse. Use a Dictionary and Thesaurus to help you in your understanding. Look up the meaning in the Greek and Hebrew.
Wrtie it — Write the verse exactly how it is written one time. Then, close your Bible. Write a small phrase, and go to the next step–say it. Write down any thoughts, insights or revelations that you get. Next, write the phrase over and over again while you meditate. Writing opens something up in your understanding more than just reading will. God’s written Word is powerful!
Say it — Say the verse or phrase out loud, loud enough so that your ears can hear it. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 10:17) Many of the things that we believe are things that we’ve heard over and over again. As you repeat the verse or phrase, certain words will jump out at you. These words should be repeated over and over again.
Sing it — singing is a means to unlocking the heart. Take your isolated phrase and sing it over and over again. Write down what you sense and perceive. When we sing, our voices function in a way that is distinct from any other musical instrument, as it carries both a flow of thoughts and a melody at the same time. The combining of thought and music is both a high calling and a privilege. When we declare the Word of God in song it impacts our spirit, soul and body in a dynamic way. And God has also ordained that our singing to Him would be allowed to move His heart as well.
Pray it — Prayer is a divine means of communion with God. When you repeat a phrase and believe it, you’re speaking it to God, which is prayer. All scripture phrases are invitations to believe and/or faith to walk it out. While you are praying, ask the Lord to help you believe the verse. If the phrase is inviting faith to walk it out, then ask God to help you live the verse.
This is the basics of the Bible mediation that I use. One other thing I often add is draw it. If God gives me a picture, I attempt to draw what it is I am seeing so that I can remember how He spoke to my heart.
Attached is a PDF document of the Revelation by Meditation worksheet that you can use in your study times. On that sheet are two other sections — “tasks” and “pursuits”. I use the tasks column to put down any thought that might come in as a distraction, i.e., something that needs to be added to my grocery list, or a reminder to pick up the dry cleaning, etc. In the pursuits column, I put down anything that the Lord lays on my heart to study out further.
I hope you have found this helpful. I am So sorry for the late post. It’s been crazy the last couple of days.
*This is Day 18 of a 31 day series on “Abiding”. You can find all of my posts in this series here. And be sure to stop by some of the other 31Dayers. Over 700 bloggers have linked up so far! There is something for everyone!