By Rick Warren
“Hold firmly to the Word of Life.” (Philippians 2:16a NLT)
God has promised many wonderful benefits in your life if you will meditate on the Word of God and then do it.
Surprisingly, if you know how to worry, you already know how to meditate on the Word of God. Worry is when you take a negative thought and you think on it over and over and over. When you take a passage of Scripture and you think on it over and over and over, that’s called meditation.
There are six ways you can get a grasp on God’s Word.
- You can hear it,
- You can read it,
- You can study it,
- You can memorize it,
- You can meditate on it, and
- You can apply it.
But if all you do is hear the Word of God when you go to church, you have no grip on the Word of God, and it can be pulled out of your mind very easily.
The Bible says in Philippians 2:16, “Hold firmly to the Word of Life” (NLT). You don’t have a good grip on the Bible unless you’re doing all six habits: hearing it, reading it, studying it, memorizing it, meditating on it, and applying it.
Psalm 119:16 says, “Your laws make me happy. I never forget your word” (GW). Do you want to be happy? God’s principles will make you happy, and you remember those principles by memorizing them, meditating on them, and then applying them.
Psalm 119:35 says, “Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found”(NLT). Usually we’re looking for happiness in all the wrong places. God says happiness is found in the path of his commands.
Talk It Over
- What distractions keep you from being able to meditate on God’s Word?
- Who in your life can help you as you memorize Scripture? How can you help each other in this discipline?
- What does it say about God when we can find happiness by obeying his rules and commands?