What is Christian meditation and should we practice it? Is it really OK for a Christian to meditate? What did the Bible teach about meditation?
Meditation is mentioned many times in the Bible both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. In fact, if you seriously search the Bible for the subject of meditation, you will find lots of scripture verses supporting this practice.
Just because other movements are doing it, so it's not safe or right for us to do it. Practicing daily meditation according to the Word of God is encouraged and pursued by saints of old. So do not throw out the baby with the dirty bath water.
Here are a few verses I found that refers to meditation in the Bible.
"He went out to the field one evening to meditate, and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching." Genesis 24:63
"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. Then you will be prosperous and successful." Joshua 1:8
"But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night." Psalms 1:2
"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 19:14
"Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love." Psalm 48:9
"I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds." Psalm 77:12
"You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you." Isaiah 26:3
"But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart." Luke 2:19
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things." Philippians 4:8
"Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this." 2 Timothy 2:7
From what we have read, meditation is a norm for the people of God. As it is, then daily meditation should be a Christian discipline that every disciple of Jesus should be practicing.
So why are we not meditating? Is it because the benefits of meditation is so minimal that it does not profit us to observe this discipline in our daily Christian walk? And what actually is true Christian meditation? How do we define it?
What is meditation?
When I think of the word 'meditate' or 'meditation', these are what came to my mind - to think deeply, to concentrate ones thought, to ponder, to chew over and over, to look at something in our mind from every direction in quietness, to reflect in silence.
Sounds familiar? To many of us, it's an activity that we have been practicing without much effort and deliberation. It's called worrying.
We worry when we think negative thoughts most time unconsciously. But when we take time out or spend a period of time concentrating on good thoughts, I call that Christian meditation.
So if we know how to worry, we already know how to meditate. The trouble for each one of us is that we have make it a habit to worry about so many little negative things throughout the day so much so that to meditate on any good thing is an uphill task.
To help us to practice Christian meditation effectively, I have included some meditation techniques and other meditation resources. Just click on the relevant link to go to read more on the various aspect of meditation.
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