When you complete this lesson, you will…
- Have a working definition of biblical meditation.
- Embrace and practice all the facets of meaning included in the Greek and Hebrew words translated “meditate” as you meditate on the Scriptures.
- Know and use the seven steps of biblical meditation.
- Be aware of the many biblical research tools available and be led by the Spirit in using them in your meditation.
Before you begin…
As we have said, a strong knowledge of the Scriptures is vital to your search for truth, as long as you do not depend on your abilities alone to understand and interpret them. Learning to tune to the Spirit as you meditate on the Word will not only make your search more profitable, it will also be more fun as He illuminates and applies verses specifically to your life, exactly where you are. This prayer is a good one to pray every time you open the Scriptures:
Lord, I draw near with a sincere heart, repentant and washed by the blood of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I set aside my thoughts, my reasoning, my theology, my fears and my pride. I relax, cease my own strivings, and tune to your flow within. Holy Spirit, I open my heart and mind to you. I ask that You anoint the eyes of my heart and enlighten my understanding. I ask that You grant me God’s thoughts, God’s pictures, God’s emotions and God’s creativity. Thank you for what you reveal, in Jesus’ name, Amen. (Ps. 46:10; Ps. 62:5; Heb. 10:22; Eph. 1:17,18; Jer. 29:13; Isa. 1:18; Jn. 7:37-39; Acts 2:25)
Assignments for Lesson Eight:
u Listen to or watch teaching Session Eight, taking notes so you have a record of what the Lord especially brings to your attention.
u Prayerfully complete Chapter Eight of the LEARN notebook.
u Share the results of your meditation with other students in the module forum. Receive revelation on other passages through their efforts.
u Take Quiz Seven, remembering that your Teacher is standing by to help.
Holy Spirit, I quiet myself before You, and I ask that You remind me of the things I have learned. You have promised to bring things to my remembrance. I ask You to do that now. Thank you!
Taking it deeper…
u Prayerfully complete all assignments in Chapters Seventeen and Eighteen of the full How Do YOU Know?
u Memorize Psalm 119:130 NASB – “The unfolding of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.”