Meditate upon these things;give thyself wholly to them;that thy profiting may appear to all.(1 Tim. 4:15)
The part that intrigues me about this verse about meditating on the scriptures is that phrase “give thyself wholly to them.” I suppose it could be interpreted in several ways. Undoubtedly some would take it to mean they should spend all their time pondering the gospel and doctrine and studying the scriptures. I don’t know how long it is possible to ponder the doctrine, but I’ve found that my pride gets involved and I start thinking self-righteous thoughts. I also become somewhat of a spiritual hypochondriac, so I simply must do other things besides study the scriptures all day.
I do know that when I study the scriptures and ponder them, I have to give my whole mental and emotional energy to it or I won’t get much from it. I can’t be too eager to stop or too worried about what I learn or don’t learn. I have to just lose myself in it.
When I look at how many things I’ve learned from it (many of which I have written about in my scripture journal and on my blog) it is obvious to me that I have profited from it.
How do you give yourself “wholly” to your scripture study? What do you think it means to "meditate" on the scriptures?