Big Word Breakdown: What does “meditate” mean?

9/9/15; Big Word Breakdown; for Kids, for Parents, discipleship, Bible, heart, What’s Your Worldview

What does the Bible mean by “meditate on Scripture”? Is it like when people sit with their legs folded, say “ohm,” and try to think of nothing? Let’s take a look.

“Theology for Kids.” What does that mean?

Theology is simply a big word meaning “the study of God.” You don’t have to wait until you are a teenager or an adult to start learning about God. Pastors and others who have read a lot of books sometimes like to use fancy words when they talk about God-stuff. Once a month in our “Big Word Breakdown,” we’ll take one of those hard words and explain it for kids (and adults) in plain English.

What does the Bible mean by “mediate”?

Where have you heard the word “meditate” before? What was the context (other things said around that same time)? Did it give you clues as to what the person meant when he or she said it? Did you ask what they meant or did they describe it to you? The Bible talks about meditating, but it may not be the same thing you heard other people talking about.
Great blessings belong to those who don’t listen to evil advice, who don’t live like sinners, and who don’t join those who make fun of God. Instead, they love the Lord’s teachings and think about them day and night. So they grow strong, like a tree planted by a stream— a tree that produces fruit when it should and has leaves that never fall. Everything they do is successful. Psalm 1:1-3 (ERV)
Some versions of the Bible (like the NIV) say, “but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.” Compare this with the translation above. What do you think “meditate” means in this verse? God teaches us through His Word, the Bible. He tells us to think about what the Bible says all the time. When we take a verse or part of Scripture and think about it throughout the day, we are meditating on that verse or passage. We try to memorize it. We think about what it means. We think about how we can put it into practice in our lives and live out what it says. We think of questions we might want to study so we can learn more about what God might be trying to tell us in these verses. All of those things are meditating on Scripture, on God’s teaching, the Bible. This is pleasing to God. He doesn’t want us to empty our thoughts and try to think of nothing. He wants us to think about Him and His Word. Here’s your challenge for today. Meditate and think about Psalm 1:1-3. In what ways might thinking about God and His teaching be like a tree that is planted by a stream of water? Think about it. Meditate on it today. You might even try to memorize these verses. Be sure to pray about it and ask God to help you understand more about the Bible every day. What is your favorite verse from the Bible? Why do you like it?
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