Revelation by Meditation
a Scripture meditation activity
- Read it - Read the one verse several times. Look for key phrases or words. Focus on what you read and what it may mean in its context. Think of other ways to say the words. Notice which words may be emphasized and how that affects the meaning of the verse.
- Write it - In a journal, write the verse(s) you chose to meditate on, exactly as it is written. Keep it simple, don’t choose too many verses - 1-2 verses works best. Now close your Bible and set it aside - once you have the verse(s) written down, you don’t want other verses pulling away your attention. From there ask God to highlight a specific phrase from that verse(s) to spend ample time in meditation. Write that phrase down. This is where you begin asking God for revelation. He might drop a phrase in your spirit, related to the verse phrase - something the Holy Spirit is revealing for this specific time. Write down that small phrase over and over again. Know that writing opens up something that reading doesn't always open in our understanding. Note: In your journal you will also be writing down other insights, thoughts, and revelations that you get as you move on to the next steps (#3, #4, & #5). Remember to write down everything you hear without judging it. This gets you out of your head and into your heart and spirit. You can say to yourself, “I will review and judge what I got later to see if it is from God (if it’s scriptural), but at this time I am making space for the flow of the Spirit.”
- Say it - Say the verse/phrase out loud. Say it loud enough that your ears can hear it. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Most things that you believe are things that you have heard over and over again. As you repeat the verse/phrase certain words will leap out at you. Repeat these words over and over again, out loud.
- Sing it - Singing is a means to unlocking the heart. Take your isolated verse/phrase and sing it over and over again. During this time you will get more insights and new thoughts. This is where most revelation will come. Use the melody of the music you are listening to, unless you can play an instrument along with your singing (See a Video track you can use for which to sing-along, below). Write out, in your journal, what you sense and perceive during your singing of it. When we sing, our voices function in a way, distinct from any other musical instrument. No other musical instrument carries a flow of thoughts and a melody at the same time. This combination of thought and music is both a high calling and a privilege. To declare a Bible verse in song impacts our spirit, soul, and body in a dynamic way. And God has ordained that our singing to Him would be allowed to move His heart as well.
- Pray it - Prayer is a divine means of communication with God. When you repeat a verse/phrase, you’re speaking it to God, which is prayer. Pray the revelations you also received. While you are praying, ask the Lord to help you believe this verse/phrase. If the verse/phrase is inviting faith to walk it out, then ask God to help you live the verse/phrase.
Here are Youtube videos that are excellent for singing your meditations because they provide a repeated, predictable chord progression that gives support and freedom to sing spontaneously: