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This next strategy to first-rate reading is difficult for us Christians. If we thought it would be easy, think again. When we automatically try to process things out as soon as we read something, it doesn’t mean we’re meditating on it. It could be that we are just reacting on it.

Trying to read meditatively requires us to reflect on anything we get out of the Scriptures. Reflect not just on the superficial level (that’s merely reacting)… but really probing deep beyond the words to extract numerous insights that we would find to be applicable in our Christian lives.

A few verses cited by the authors of our reference book would enable us to sharpen our understanding and hopefully, practice of meditative reading.


Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.(NIV. Italics added)

This verse speaks of both frequency and application. But for the purpose of this milestone, we will just be focusing on the aspect of frequency. The latter will be discussed on our future milestone under APPLICATION.

How often do we need to meditate on the Bible according to the verse? Day and Night. It didn’t say day or night. It showed the act of pondering on a portion of the Scriptures from morning, while you are having breakfast to afternoon, while at work and until evening, when you are about to sleep.


“… for he is the kind of man who is always thinking about the cost. [a] "Eat and drink," he says to you, but his heart is not with you.a. Footnote: Proverbs 23:7 Or for as he thinks within himself, / so he is; or for as he puts on a feast, / so he is (NIV. Bold items added)

Would like to focus on the bolded item above where it shows that you are what you think. Interestingly, the Bible speaks of the basic principle that you become what you think. So one must be cautious of what he/she ponders on.

PSALM 1:1-2

1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. (NIV. Italics added)

The day-and-night pattern again. Meditating asks you to have a thought sit on your mind as long as possible. The Bible says throughout the day. It asks you to have that mental discipline of not just reacting but really pondering and filling in your mind with insights that God revealed. PSALM 119:97 reinforces the same thought:

Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. (NIV. Italics added)


REFLECT! This Psalm provides deep insights that one can gain out of studying the Scriptures. Rather than discussing it here under the milestone, try discovering it by exposing yourself on it for a long time (e.g. remove distractions, devote an entire Sunday afternoon to just extract everything you can from this Psalm). Practice our previous strategies to get the most out of it.

List your observations. Write down your thoughts. Become the Psalm 19 detective and meditate on the clues you’ve gathered.