Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Biblical Meditation

What Is Meditation? How We Can Do It?

Q: What is meditation? How we can do it?

A: J. Hampton Keathley, III beautifully says, "Biblical meditation involves becoming detached from the controlling and hindering influences of the world and attached to the living God through Christ that we might, through faith and transformed values, experience the sufficiency of the Savior and reach out to a hurting world in need of the living Christ." 1

The object of Biblical meditation is God, His Word, or works, etc and therefore is highly object-oriented. Meditation is the reflection upon God and His word and the succeeding thoughts that continues to originate out of it.

God has commanded all His children's to meditate upon His word to become successful in this life. Here is what He says, 
"This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success." (Joshua 1:8).

God also says,
"But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night." (Psalm 1:2). Here in this preceding verse, God Himself testifies about his successful man who mediates on the word of God day and night. Nobody can read it day and night, we may have read a chapter or two in the morning, or even one verse or more, but according to the preceding verse, the blessed person is the one who keeps on thinking about that quickened word the whole day and even in the night until he sleeps.

Sin will keep us away from the Bible, or Bible will keep us away from sin. Both cannot go together. So only the word of God says to,
"Tremble, and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still." (Psalm 4:4). Meditation unlocks God's power to keep us from sin and helps us overcome the sinful soulish power over our self.

Unlike the transcendental meditation of the east where people teach to empty their mind, christian meditation is to fill our mind with the word of God and keep thinking on it until we start to burn with its power in our heart, experience its influence in our right godly words we express and in our daily walk
(Jer 20:7-9; Psa 39:3; Job 32:18-20). When our mind is emptied and kept on like that without filling it with the Word of God and the Spirit of God, there is always a possibility of demonic invasion which comes subtly with an appearance of good but full of hidden lies and wickedness (Matt 12:43-45). So one should be beware of such so called supernatural enticement in to the evil that will destroy ones ability to think truthfully.

The power of God will be pure, peaceable, holy, loving, righteous and full of joy. David the man after God's own heart confessed the power of the word of God by saying,
“I will meditate on Thy precepts, and regard Thy ways” (Psa. 119:15), and again, “Make me to understand the way of Thy precepts, So I will meditate on Thy wonders” (vs. 27).

When we read the Bible daily, we should ask the Holy Spirit of God to open our spiritual eyes and ears to see and listen to the word of God which He is able to quicken in our spirit man. Once we read the Scripture like this, even while we are in our schools, colleges and offices we can continue to think about the quickened word that the Lord has spoken to us on that morning.

When we think about the Bible verse and ponder over it again and again, God's power, voice and His supernatural guidance will tangibly be felt in all our work that we do and in all our ways we go. We will hear a voice beside our spiritual ears inside us that will tell us not to go to the left or right, but straight ahead in the way and the will of the Lord
(Isa 30:21).

Surely when we meditate on the word of God, we will be able to walk in the light of the revelation of God's character and His will supernaturally in our daily lives
(Ps. 139:23-24a; cf. 1 John 1:7-9; “walking in the light”).

True Biblical meditation is not for self-improvement, though it comes as a by product, it is an ultimate act of worship that pleases the Lord constantly and cements our relationship with Him deeper and deeper as time goes by
(Psa 19:14; 104:34).

Much Blessings......

Foot Notes :

1) http://bible.org/article/biblical-meditation


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