One of the greatest problems many face when reading the Bible is that they do not come away with a truth or promise for the day. One key to storing up the word in our heart is meditation. Without meditation the truth we read can often pass through our minds like water through a pipe. I have benefited greatly from Dr. Don Whitney’s 17 methods for biblical meditation. You can find an explanation for each of these in his book Spiritual Disciples for the Christian Life.
1 Emphasize Different Words in the Text
2 Rewrite the Text in Your Own Words
3 Formulate a Principle from the Text—What Does It Teach?
4 Think of an Illustration of the Text—What Picture Explains It?
5 Look for Applications of the Text
6 Ask How the Text Points to the Law or the Gospel
7 Ask How the Text Points to Something About Jesus
8 Ask What Question Is Answered or What Problem Is Solved by the Text
9 Pray Through the Text
10 Memorize the Text
11 Create an Artistic Expression of the Text
12 Ask the Philippians 4:8 Questions of the Text
• What is true about this, or what truth does it exemplify?
• What is honorable about this?
• What is just or right about this?
• What is pure about this, or how does it exemplify purity?
• What is lovely about this?
• What is commendable about this?
• What is excellent about this (that is, excels others of this kind)?
• What is praiseworthy about this?
13 Ask the Joseph Hall Questions of the Text
• What is it (define and/or describe what it is) you are meditating upon?
• What are its divisions or parts?
• What causes it?
• What does it cause; that is, what are its fruits and effects?
• What is its place, location, or use?
• What are its qualities and attachments?
• What is contrary, contradictory, or different to it?
• What compares to it?
• What are its titles or names?
• What are the testimonies or examples of Scripture about it?
14 Set and Discover a Minimum Number of Insights from the Text
15 Find a Link or Common Thread Between All the Paragraphs or Chapters You Read
16 Ask How the Text Speaks to Your Current Issue or Question
17 Use Meditation Mapping