Today, we’re going to look at resources that can aid in your Bible study and why it’s important to meditate on His Word.
*The Bible. Readers are encouraged to compare different versions of each text of the Bible. I have a King James Version (KJV), but I also enjoy comparing texts with the New International Version (NIV). Online Bibles are extremely useful.
* Biblical dictionaries. This is an excellent resource to have. It allows you to discover meanings of words and reference events, names, places etc. Word searches may include the original Greek and Hebrew word with meaning. I have a Bible dictionary as an app on my phone and it’s helpful when it comes to getting the pronunciation of names right.
* A notebook. Have pen and paper at your disposal for you can never tell what God is going to reveal to you while reading/studying His word.
*Commentaries. Bible commentaries are extremely helpful as they interpret and explain biblical text verse by verse. It helps us to better understand the meaning of biblical texts.
*Concordances. This is an alphabetical listing of phrases and words found in the Bible and it cross-references verses.
One can also consider other resources such as lexicons, maps, and guides.
Take time to meditate on the passages that you’ve read whether day or night (Joshua 1:8) or in your bed (Psalm 4:4). Meditating helps us to fix our eyes upon Him (Psalm 119:15), to understand His way and not ours (Psalm 119:27) and to remember all that God has done for us from the beginning of time to now (Psalm 143:5). Meditating also helps us to take our eyes off the world (1 John 2:15) and to delight in God’s Word (Psalm 1:2).
T.R. Noble of Inside Cup wrote a wonderful post on how we can meditate on scripture and I recommend checking it out.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Contine to read, study, understand, apply, share, and pray the truth of scripture. God bless.