During the Season of Lent, our weekly devotional will feature a personal spiritual discipline for you to try engaging. This week’s discipline is Study
Bible Study is often a daunting idea. All of the history, language, interpretation, and theology that goes into studying the Scriptures makes it feel like this is something that should be left to the professionals.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Today we will do a form of Bible study known as Lectio Divina (Latin for “Divine Reading), using the text of Psalm 1, which can be found here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+1&version=NET This is also the style of study on which our weekly prayer stations in worship are based.
Find a quiet place, and prepare yourself to read God’s words.
Read the psalm through one time.
Consider what you have just read. Did something stick out to you – a word or phrase that seemed important, or strange, or as though it was meant just for you? Or perhaps you gained an overall impression from the passage as a whole. Spend a couple of minutes considering what you read, especially the meaning of the part or parts that stuck with you.
Read the psalm a second time.
Consider what you have read again. Do you have a fuller understanding of the text’s meaning? Is something new standing out? Is it the same thing again? Was your first reading reinforced, or did you see something that altered your understanding? Whatever is staying with you this time, ponder it for as long as you like.
As a conclusion, read the psalm a final time. If you are in a space where you can do so, read it out loud this time. This is your closing prayer.
Did you enjoy Lectio Divina? If so, why not try it daily for a week? Select a short passage (no more than 10 verses) from a Psalm, one of the Gospels, or one of the Epistles. If you’re not sure where to begin, a list of daily readings can be found at http://www.trinitycamphill.org/Devotions/DailyLectionary.htm