Five verses to help you meditate
I often find myself thinking about meditating and what that means. I always thought that meditating meant emptying your mind of all thought. But I was wrong; it actually means to focus your mind on one thing. You may or may not be surprised to hear that meditating is mentioned a lot in the Bible, particularly in terms of meditating on or focusing on God.
“I remember the days of old; I meditate on all your doings; I muse on the work of Your hands.” (Psalm 143:5 NASB) A simple way to practice this is to sit in a comfortable position (or lie down if you prefer), read one of the verses below and breathe in and out slowly while focusing on what the verse means. So whether you already enjoy meditation or it’s something you might not have tried before here are some of my favourite verses to meditate on.
“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be your name’” (Matthew 6:9 NASB) It seems simple, but there is so much here. Recognising and thinking about our place in relation to God and recognising that his name is holy (which means set apart) is always a great topic to consider.
“Or who enclosed the sea with doors, when, bursting forth, it went out from the womb, when I made a cloud its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band, and I placed boundaries on it and set a bolt and doors, and I said, ‘thus far you shall come, but no farther, and here shall your proud waves stop?” (Job 38:8-11 NASB) The imagery here of a God who made the powerful seas and can even set boundaries on the waves is fantastic and is worth remembering and thinking about.
“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained; what is man that you take thought of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:3-4 NASB) Contemplating the moon and stars and the God that made them, then realising that the same God made and cares for all of us always leaves me feeling both overwhelmingly humbled and grateful
“Be still and know that I am God...” (Psalms 46:10 NKJV) This is my all time favourite verse to use in meditation as it sums up exactly what I am trying to achieve, which is taking a moment to be still and remember God for all that He is and all that He has done.
I hope that this helps you to take a moment out of your day to breathe and think about God. Thank you for reading.