“Most of us read the Bible (and everything else) too fast, like sprinting through a rose garden. Let’s just get through the rose garden here. I saw all the roses, I really did. Well, you did. But really, did you?” (John Piper)
Here are two good methods that have helped me to slow down when reading the Bible:
1. Repetition, Emphasizing One Word at a Time
Focusing on each word in a verse has been helpful for me to pick up on little (big) things that I didn’t notice before.
James Boice wrote in his commentary on the Psalms, “The sentence . . . is followed by selah, which means stop, pause, and consider . . . If you are not fully aware of what you have in God – a shield against foes, a lifter-up of your drooping head, a responder to prayer – this is a good time to think about it. Note the second selah!”
Reading Psalm 62:8 slowly, I’m reminded of #GodsPastFaithfulness in Jesus as a constant, powerful refuge to trust and hope at all times.
2. Color Themes
Another way to slow down when reading a passage of Scripture is to write out the passage and then highlight recurring (or very similar) words with the same color.
I would have loved to be at the beach today, but I was glad to be edified at lunch with John Joseph and a few other guys to help John cook up soul food from Psalm 62 for Capitol Hill Baptist Church tomorrow.
We just want Jesus. We are dependent on God.
“And the Lord appeared again at Shiloh, for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the Lord.” (1 Samuel 3:21)
Would you pray with me that we all (including you) would grow to know God better through His Word, for our everlasting joy and for His glory?