40 Powerful Bible Verses About Meditation to Guide You

The concept of Biblical medititation comes straight from the Holy Bible. The Bible verses about meditation below is a good starting point as we unpack exactly what a Christian meditation is, the benefits of meditating on God’s Word and how to meditate on Scripture. If your mind is anything like mine, it is constantly thinking. From one thought to the next.

And, in complete transparency, those thoughts are usually related to planning my day, checking off my list and a little bit of worry. This usually leads to emotions that lack joy and peace. On the other hand, when I am meditating on Scripture, peace and joy in my life prevail because my mind is on the only certain and unchanging thing I have- God. As we talk about meditation, my favorite part is just how easy it is to meditate on the Word of God. The only thing you need is a Bible verse (that speaks to your life in the present moment) and your mind. Let’s get started….

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What is Christian Meditation?

Meditation in the secular world has become quite popular. A quick search on the word reveals that it is connected with emptying the mind and focusing on breathing to gain greater “spiritual awareness” and ability to be present with your own thoughts, feelings, etc. Christian meditation is similar in that, we are replacing our thoughts with the words of God. Additionally, Christian meditation is a spiritual discipline and part of the Christian life. The Bible points to meditation on many things, all related to God’s presence, His Word and His teaching. Christian meditation deepens our relationship with God as our heart, mind and soul align with Scripture.

When looking at Bible dictionaries, it appears that mediation means to reflect or think deeply about God’s Word. Additionally, it incorporates prayer- communicating with God. This makes sense since prayer includes praising the character of God, confessing our sin that causes us to step away from God’s best for us as outlined in Scripture and thanking God for His wonderful works. So, instead of emptying our mind, we are actually filling our mind with Truth! Christian meditation aligns with biblical principles such as dwelling on God’s Word (Psalm 1:2), setting the mind on things above (Colossians 3:2), and praying without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). This is pretty straight forward- now let’s see what some of the benefits are of meditating.

Bible Verses About Meditation Benefits

Without a doubt the Bible verses about meditation benefits outline so many powerful reasons to fill your mind with God’s Word. Meditating on Truth is a powerful practice that increases our awareness of God, His character and His promises. It is taking Bible study and focusing on the Truth you are learning. What we put our mind (beliefs and thoughts) on will impact our emotions and actions. 

Proverbs 4:20-22 – Scripture is Healing

“My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh.”

Isaiah 26:3 – Perfect Peace

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you.”

Isaiah 58:11 – Fulfilling and Satisfying

“And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”

Hebrews 4:12 – Perfect for Correction

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

James 1:22 – Enables Obedience

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”

James 4:8 – Closeness with God

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

1 Peter 2:2 – Spiritual Growth

“Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.” 

Psalm 49:3 – Multiplies Wisdom

“My mouth shall speak wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.”

Psalm 119:99 – Increased Knowledge of God

“I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation.”

How to Meditate on God’s Word

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16

Meditating on God and His Word is easy. It can be done anywhere and at anytime. You can be in a busy store or a quiet place. This can be done in your quiet time with God or in the car when driving to work. The first thing you need to do is choose a passage or Bible verse. The topic can be literally anything from Scripture. Sometimes I simply play Christian music since the spiritual songs are based on Scripture. Be sure to ask for God’s help when you are praying and meditating. He is faithful to bless you as you meditate on His precepts.

Meditating can also include memorizing Scripture or journaling insights you gain from meditating on God. I often pray and communicate my thoughts and feelings about the Scripture meditation. I might praise God for His attributes or thank Him for the mighty works of His hands and ask Him to help me live out His best for me. My final thoughts is this: Meditation on God’s Word is personal and intimate. It’s between you and God. Let the Holy Spirit guide you. There is no one way to do it- simply fill your mind with God’s Truth.

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    Guided Meditations for Christians

    There are tons of forms of meditation in the Bible. Whether you choose to meditate on the character of God, the promises of God or the instruction of God- you can’t go wrong. I personally like to choose a topic that speaks to the season I’m in and meditate on an attribute or promise of God that encourages and strengthens me. Ask God to help you find a meditation that your soul longs for and desperately needs.

    Philippians 4:8 – Meditate on ANYTHING in God’s Word

    “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

    1 Peter 1:13 – Focus on Preparation

    “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

    1 John 4:18 – Meditate on the Love of God

    “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”

    Colossians 3:2 – Meditate on Eternal Life

    “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

    Lamentations 3:22-23 – Meditate on God’s Faithfulness

    “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

    Bible Verses About Meditation on God’s Word

    Joshua 1:8

    “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

    Psalm 1:2  

    “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.”

    Psalm 19:14  

    “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”

    Psalm 119:15  

    “I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.”

    Psalm 119:27 

    “Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works.”

    Psalm 119:48

    “I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.”

    Psalm 119:97  

    “Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.”

    Romans 12:2  

    “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

    Romans 15:4

    “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

    Ephesians 4:23

    “And to be renewed in the spirit of your minds.”

    Matthew 4:4 

    “But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

    ​Bible Verses About Meditation {On this, not that}

    Psalm 119:78 – Lies vs. Truth

    “Let the insolent be put to shame, because they have wronged me with falsehood; as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.”

    Colossians 3:2 – Temporal vs. Eternal

    “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

    Matthew 6:34 – Tomorrow vs. Today

    “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

    Psalm 104:34 – Meditation Aligning with Scripture vs. Meditation Departing from Scripture

    “May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the LORD.”

    Psalm 38:12 – Lies vs. Truth

    “Those who seek my life lay their snares; those who seek my hurt speak of ruin and meditate treachery all day long.”

    Psalm 119:23 – Evil People Vs. God’s Statutes

    “Even though princes sit plotting against me, your servant will meditate on your statutes.”

    Psalm 119:48 – Fear vs. Promises of God

    “My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise.”

    Bible Verses About Meditation on the Deeds of the Lord

    Psalm 143:5 – “I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands.”

    Psalm 63:6 – “When I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night.”

    Psalm 77:12 – “I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.”

    Psalm 119:27 – “Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works.”

    Psalm 145:5 – “On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.”

    Psalm 111:7 – “The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.”

    Psalm 77:11 – “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.”

    Psalm 111:2 – “Great are the works of the LORD; they are studied by all who delight in them.”

    Wrapping Up Bible Verses About Meditation

    The most important thing to remember when meditating on God’s Word is to keep it simple. Christian meditation is filling your mind with Truth. Truth about God’s Word, God’s character, God’s promises and God’s statutes. This doesn’t have to be complicated at all! The benefits are HUGE- spiritual growth, greater knowledge and wisdom, deeper understanding of God and deeper satisfaction as you navigate this life. Share how you meditate on God’s Word in the comments below.

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    1. Lisa on June 25, 2023 at 6:12 am

      In former times I used to be plagued with negative thoughts by day and recurring nightmares by night, even as a Christian! But God’s Word gripped me with 2 Corinthians 10:5:

      “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (NIV).

      I have been learning to do just as this article recommends. A Scripture verse or passage speaks into my life at a time I need it most and I write it down on an index card. On the other side of the card, I write how it applies to my specific situation. That passage then becomes my “home base” for my thoughts to return to throughout the day. The moment my thoughts start on the slippery slope, run back to home base! This works with biblical worship songs too. When I hear a secular song or worldly thought that keeps replaying in my mind, run to home base! Thank God for His merciful Word – Home Base!

    2. Ron Smith the Spiritual Bishop on October 2, 2023 at 9:38 pm

      Praise God! I will meditate on His Words all the days of my Life with faith in the righteousness of Jesus Christ and the Power of the Holy Spirit!

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