There are lots of different ways of approaching the Scripture and each has its own benefits. I thought it might be interesting to discuss the difference between meditation on the Word and study. By meditation I do not mean meditation like in eastern religions, but rather spending time dwelling on specific passages or verses with the intent of allowing the Holy Spirit to imprint them upon our heart and lead us to worship.
So, here is claim. Studying Scripture is the chief means of understanding the meaning of Scripture. Meditation chiefly helps us worship and imprint upon our heart the Scripture. Meditation without study is less likely to lead to correct understanding..
Part of my claim is that meditation does not generally lead to deeper understanding by itself - that is chiefly the role of study. So we should first study a passage to understand its meaning and then meditate upon it to let it transform us in deeper ways and move us to worship. Admittedly there is overlap - meditation can help us memorize / know Scripture better which in turn helps us study. Scripture memorization / meditation can help us connect passages because we have them in our noggin. So meditation can lead to deeper understanding, but I do not think that is its chief function.
What are your guys’ thoughts / experiences?