Meditating by speaking the Word
The time we used outside Christ has caused many of our minds to be unproductive and unfocused in the things of God. This is the first thing we need change when we become Christians (Ephesians 4:17-18, Romans 12: 1-3).
This is why meditating on the word is so important.
To meditate means to ponder, regurgitate, think aloud, consider continuously and utter something over and over again. (dictionary). This is exactly what we need to do with the word of God
Speaking the Word of God out aloud aids us in focusing our minds on God. Although God speaks to our spirits we still need to understand His word in our minds. To understand the Word with our minds we need to focus on the word.
Speaking helps us to focus. The Psalmist knew this secret and used it.
God has spoken once, Twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God. Psalm 62:11 (NIV)
How do you think he heard twice what God said once? He repeated it to himself. Try reading aloud the whole of Psalm 119 to yourself. It's an exercise you will greatly benefit from.
Speaking God's word to yourself by reading it out aloud is a good way of bringing wondering thoughts under control.
The next time your prayer life seems dull spend sometime reading the Word of God out aloud to yourself. You will be surprised at how it helps you physically (to concentrate) and spiritually (in being more alert to the holy Spirits prompting).
Confessions from a mouth bring salvation. Salvation is not just coming to know that Jesus died for us, it also involves deliverance from sin, sickness and every oppression of the devil. Our inability to concentrate on God's word is a symptom of an unrenewed mind and satanic oppression.
Ponder on the following scriptures which talk about the need to and power in confessing God's word.
" that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Romans 10:9-10
" Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:14-16
Our confession is our faith. Speaking God's word out loud should be a normal part of our spiritual diet.
Some of the benefits you will realise as you meditate on God's Word by reading it out aloud are.
- It stirs up our flesh to praise God.
- It increases our faith as we speak out the Word.
- It disciplines our minds and shuts out the attacks of satan.
- The life of God coming out of our mouths affects the spiritual atmosphere around us
- It aids our meditation on God's Word
- It makes us more sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit