“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it”. Ps 19:14
Meditation is focused thinking about a portion of God’s Word in order to hear God’s voice and to apply God’s truth to my life.
Meditation involves our heart and our spirit. Meditation on the word of God allows its transforming power to renew our hearts and minds. Perhaps one of the most neglected disciplines in the Christian life is that of meditation. The word of God plays a central role in meditation because it is the place where our knowledge of God originates. We must therefore determine to know the word of God so that we have the material we need for meditation on. Memorized scripture plays an important role in the art of meditation.
Not all types of meditation are Christian. The goal of secular meditation is to empty the mind, the goal of godly meditation is to fill the mind with God’s truth. To put it in a succinct definition, godly meditation is the practice of filling the mind with God’s word for the purpose of applying God’s word.
The focus of Christian meditation is always on God, something about God, or on God’s care for us. So let us be willing to spend time alone in meditation. Thinking about God’s word is an important part of our time of meditation. As you learn to spend time in meditation, you too will begin to see God’s guidance in your life. As you learn to spend time every week in meditation, you will discover that troubles don’t seem quite as big, that despair no longer feels overwhelming, and anxiety fades into the background.
What does the Bible Say About Meditation?
“Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love.” (Jos 1:8)
“I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.” (Ps 48:9)
I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. (Ps 77:12)
Though rulers sit together and slander me, your servant will meditate on your decrees. (Ps 119:15)
(Ps 119:23)Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders.
(Ps 119:27)I lift up my hands to your commands, which I love, and I meditate on your decrees.
(Ps 119:48)May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause; but I will meditate on your precepts.
(Ps 119:97)I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.
(Ps 119:99)My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises.
(Ps 119:148)I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.
(Ps 143:5)They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
The first step to increase your faith as a believer is to learn how to meditate on God’s Word day and night. Meditating is the way to relaxation, health, freedom, creativity, contentment, silence. We must spend time in (with) God’s word and give the Holy Spirit the opportunity to teach us, to reveal the unseen realm to us, to help those things become as real to us as material, seen things. Renewing your mind until it is dominated by God’s word, building your spirit until it dominates your soul and body, will not happen automatically, nor will it happen over night. But, it will happen if you take the time and make the effort to meditate on God’s word. Psalm 77 gives us good instruction on how to meditate on God. Let God’s Word fill your memory, rule your heart, and guide your feet.
1.Find a comfortable place to sit or lie down where you won’t be disturbed for at least 30 minutes.
2.Choose a soothing music CD that ministers to your spirit or touches your heart, instrumental is best but you can alternate.
3.Set a timer for the length of time you want to dwell with God. It is easy for minutes to become hours and keeping a timer will keep you from missing important appointments.
4.Don’t use this time for Bible reading or doing anything other than sitting at Jesus’s feet. We are usually so busying doing for the Lord and trying to minister to Him and his people, that we don’t know how to let God minister to us.
5.You may use some of this time for prayer or journaling any inspirational words from the Lord to you, but let the majority of the time be just being.
6.The first 10-minutes are generally the hardest because our minds are often restless and filled with thoughts or other worries. Use this time to scan your body for any tension and use the power of deep breathing to breath into, release, and soothe away stress. If your mind won’t be still, keep it in the present moment by repeat the phrase “peace be still” or “Jesus is my peace,” (see side bar) each time you realize you’ve been caught in a mental drama.
7.If you have a particular care or worry, visualize yourself nailing it to Jesus’s cross or tell God about it and give it to him. He tells us to “cast every care upon Him because he cares for us” and “all you who are weary and of a heavy heart come unto me and I will give you rest.”
8.If you can, make your own appointment with God each day to spend quiet time with Him or make it a family affair. Soaking in the God’s Spirit has the power to transform you and your entire family.
What meditation will do for you.
Does not my word burn like fire?” says the LORD. “Is it not like a mighty hammer that smashes rocks to pieces. Jeremiah 23:29
2 Corinthians 10:4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Jeremiah 5:14 Therefore this is what the LORD God Almighty says: “Because the people have spoken these words, I will make my words in your mouth a fire and these people the wood it consumes.
Jeremiah 20:9 But if I say, “I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.
Hosea 6:5 Therefore I cut you in pieces with my prophets, I killed you with the words of my mouth; my judgments flashed like lightning upon you.