One of the greatest joys of my life as a Christian, is to study some of the awesome promises in the Bible. I have found great encouragement by taking time to meditate on these Scriptures. In my personal Bible Study, devotions, or quiet time, I have a journal that I use to write down my thoughts as I read the Scripture. Sometimes, I like to study a particular verse in order to better understand it. Then I may read it in several translations just to get further insight and meaning. This is easier to do than you think. With the present technology we have, you can use it to study a Bible verse from various translations. Biblegateway.com is my personal favorite. You go there and simply type in the verse of Scripture and it will allow you to access a lot of different english translations instantly. For example, here are my notes for Psalm 62:8…
TRUST GOD MY FRIENDS, AND ALWAYS TELL HIM EACH ONE OF YOUR CONCERNS. GOD IS OUR PLACE OF SAFETY.
PSALM 62:8 (CEV)
-Trust in, Lean on, Rely on, and have Confidence in Him at All Times. (AMPC)
-Confide in Him at All Times. (DARBY)
-In Every Situation put your Trust in God. (ISV)
-Trust in Him Absolutely. (MSG)
– Have Faith in Him in All Circunstances. (VOICE)
– My Safety and Honor Rest on God. (CJB)
ALWAYS TELL HIM YOUR CONCERNS.
-Tell Him All our Problems. (CEV)
-Tell Him All your Troubles.” (GNT)
– Pour out your Heart before Him. (KJV21)
-Pour out your Longings before Him. (TLB)
-Lay your lives on The Line for Him. (MSG)
– Open Up your Heart to Him. (CJB)
GOD IS OUR PLACE OF SAFETY.
-My Strong Rock and Refuge are in God. (ERV)
-God is our a Safe Place to be. (MSG)
-The True God Shelters Us in His Arms. (VOICE)
I take time to go over this verse slowly, phrase by phrase. I thank and praise the Lord that I can trust in Him in every situation, that I can tell Him all my concerns, and that He is a strong place of shelter in the storms of life. I may study that one verse for several days. We don’t need to rush through reading the Bible, but instead understand and apply as much as we can in order to absorb as much truth as we can. Dr. Howard Hendricks, said: “There is no question that Belivers need to sit under the teaching of God’s Word. But that ought to be a stimulus and not a substitute for getting into it for ourselves.”
When we meditate on Gods Word and take moments through out the day to think about it, something great happens. It calms our spirit and gives us a quiet confidence. It gives a sense of purpose and peace like nothing else. It keeps our attitude right. Also, it will help our faith and relationship with God to grow.