“Blessed is the one … whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2
Let’s play a little word association game. I’ll say a word and you tell me the first thing that comes to mind. Okay? Here we go: “meditation!” What is the first thing that comes to mind?
Go ahead and admit it! You were thinking of some “guru” or “yogi” in some uncomfortable pose chanting some unintelligible word with the intent of emptying his mind of all thoughts. That’s EASTERN meditation but NOT BIBLICAL meditation.
In fact, biblical meditation is the exact opposite; it’s filling your mind and focusing your thoughts on the truths of God’s Word. Meditation is the deliberate and reflective consideration of God’s truth that has as its goal:
1. Determine how God’s truth confronts & challenges you to change, and
2. Discover ways to put God’s truth into practice through obedience.
The best illustration I know of regarding meditation is … yes, I’m serious … a cow. Stop and think about how a cow gets the most from its food by chewing its cud. The cow chews and chews and chews its food, then swallows, regurgitates, and chews some more. The cow obtains the maximum nourishment from what it eats, thoroughly digesting every possible nutrient.
Ruminating on God’s truth through focused thinking helps us get the most out of every morsel of truth. As we meditate on God’s truth, the Holy Spirit reveals God’s truth and exposes our lives to its influence. We obtain the maximum benefit and blessing by submitting ourselves to God’s truth, letting God’s Spirit change us, and committing ourselves to obeying.
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