There are more than 21 meditation bible verses in the Word of God
Have you ever thought about that before now?
When I first started making meditation a daily and a lifetime practice I became curious to know the answer.
So, how many times do you think the Bible mentions meditation?
Well, my beloved friend according to Wikipedia the Bible mentions meditate or meditation 23 times…and 19 of those mentions are found in the book of Psalms.
And yet when we consider the words such as “ponder, think, too muse or commune” we find the instruction or command to meditate in many places in the word of God.
In this piece I want us to look at 21 of the verses so that we can see and understand the blessings and insights that we can acquire through this practice.
The First Time Meditation is Mentioned
The first time that we see the word meditate in the Bible is found in Genesis 24:63
“And Isaac went out into the field to meditate at eventide.”
That verse is something for us to think about… And it causes me to ponder the relationship that God shared with Isaac.
As the scripture tells us this was a time when Isaac was still grieving the loss of his mother and through his grief, God was drawing Isaac to himself.
What do you think Isaac went out into the field to pray and meditate on?
I can imagine quite a lot… But for now, let’s continue with the remaining verses of the 21 meditation bible verses.
The Second Place we Find The Word Meditate in The Bible.
The second place that we find the word meditate in the Bible is in the Book of Joshua 1:8.
This is probably one of the most recognizable verses on meditation found in the word of God.
It reads like this…
“This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein; For then shall you make your way prosperous; And then you shall have good success.”
I believe this is our first Christian Mantra when meditating on the word of God.
I have come to strongly believe that when we as Christians begin to make meditation a lifestyle practice… Joshua 1:8 should be the 1st verse that we start meditating on.
I mean, it is the first place that instructs us to meditate.
I’m just saying…
19 More Meditation Verses to Ponder.
19 of the Bible verses that I wish to share with you are found in the book of Psalms.
But the one that probably sticks out to most of us is found in the very first Psalm.
Here are the words…
” Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly. Nor stands in the way of sinners. Nor sits it the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law does he meditate day and night.”
Just as Joshua 1:8 is a verse with a promise, so is Psalm 1.
It goes on to promise that if we would meditate on Gods word day and night that…
” We shall be like trees planted by the rivers of water that brings forth fruit in our season.
Our leaves will not wither and whatever we do shall prosper.”
What a great promise.
So, it’s no wonder why the Psalmist goes on to say these words in Psalm 119:15…
“I will meditate in thy precepts and have respect unto thy ways.”
In essence, this is equivalent to what the Apostle Paul was given by the Holy Spirit when he penned these word…
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5
Moving On With 18 Verses to Go…
Let’s go back a little way to Psalm 104:34.
“My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord.
How about we go just a little further back?
Psalm 77:12 “I will meditate also of all your works, and talk of your doings.”
Psalm 143:5 ” I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.
Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalm 49:3 “My mouth shall speak of wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
Psalm 63:6 “When I remember thee upon my bed and meditate on thee in the night watches.”
Seven (7) More Verses from Psalm 119
Psalm 119 is one of my favorite Psalms… It is so rich with meditative thought I find myself asking the Lord to let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to him as I read it.
This Psalm alone has 8 of the Bibles verses that mentions meditate or meditation.
Let’s take a look at the 7 (seven) that I haven’t mentioned.
Psalm 119:23 “Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.
Psalm 119:27 ” Help me to understand what your precepts mean! Then I can meditate on your marvelous teachings.
119:48 “My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in your statutes.”
119:78 “Let the proud be ashamed, for they dealt perversely with me without a cause, but I will meditate in thy precepts.
119:97 “O how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.
119:99 “I have more understanding than all my teachers, for thy testimonies are my meditations.
119:148 “My eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in the word.
4,3,2,1 The 21 Meditation Verses Finale
Though the final few verses do not use the word meditate or meditation in them… The concept still holds true.
Psalm 119:55 is a good place to show you what I mean.
It reads like this…
“I have remembered your name, O Lord in the night, and have kept your law.
You see this is a good place to reflect on Joshua 1:8 and Psalm 1.
Moving on 3, 2. 1…
Luke 2:19 …and Mary pondered these things in her heart.
Here’s another verse to ponder.
Psalm 119:11 “Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against you.
And the last verse that I want to look at is what I call the verse of peace. We find it in the Book of Isaiah 26:3.
“Thou will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you. Because he trusteth in you.”
That my beloved is another verse with promise.
I Leave you with This…
I truly hope that you found just as much joy out of reading this article as I did sharing it with you.
But more importantly, my desire is that you will use these verses as part of your meditation practice and commit them to memory.
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Until next time… Be blessed.