When we hear the word meditation we often think of an eastern religion or a dark room filled with people participating in a yoga class. We pray, we read the bible, we journal, but meditation I believe has become a lost discipline in the life of the modern day Christian. We are shallow and empty, never taking the time needed to ”soak” and saturate our souls in the fullness of God.
Meditation was a part of everyday life for the Psalmist David as we see reflected in the following Psalms.
Psalm 5:1 – Give ear to my words, O Lord, Consider my meditation.
Psalm 19:14 – May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Psalm 104:34- May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the LORD.
Psalm 119:97,99- Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day…I have more understanding than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation.
Biblical meditaiton is defined as muse; to become absorbed in thought; especially : to turn something over in the mind meditatively and often inconclusively. Meditation is music to my soul. It produces a echo that reverberates within.
J.I. Packer said meditation is not giving free rein to your imagination nor is it reading your Bible for beautiful thoughts. Meditation is a discipline.
Where do I begin?
1. Reflect on what God has done past and present. This is not a time to dream or catch a vision. This is time to captivated by God and God alone.
2. Read scripture. The Psalms are a good place to start. Read a verse or two. Mull it over, memorize it, personalize it, say it and pray it.
3. Meditation should conclude with a celebration. What did God reveal to you about Himself today that spiritually enriched you. Thank Him for that revelation. Remember Meditation – Revelation – Celebration!
“Now come along to some quiet place by yourself adn rest for a little while.” (Mark 6:31, Phillips Translation)
Do you practice the discipline of meditation? Why or Why not?