Benefits of meditation have been promised by all people who promote the various types of meditation. Whether it's Zen Meditation, Buddhist Meditation or those practising Mantra Meditation, it is true that daily meditation will benefit ones health to a certain extent.
When you cease from labour, fill up your time in reading, meditation, and prayer: and while your hands are labouring, let your heart be employed, as much as possible, in divine thoughts.
- David Brainerd (1718-1747)
By setting aside a small portion of time each day to meditate whether on nothingness or a sound or word is certainly better than spending all our waking hours like a busy bee and allowing our mind to think wildly. Definitely, by keeping a time of silence and being still will help to lower our stress level.
How would meditation benefit the Christian? Christian who spend time each day meditating on the Person of God and His works will certainly experience many benefits to their spiritual life which in term will affect them mentally and physically. For we are whole beings and anything that benefits one area of our life will also affect and help the other aspect of our being.
Let's start from the Person of God for that is where Christian Meditation is different from other form and benefits of meditation.
When we think of God, we can think of God the Almighty and the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But He seem so distant, right?
Meditate on Jesus and His love for you!
Jesus is God revealed. He said if we know Him, we know the Father.
“If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” - John 14:7
Also in John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
I know this sounds weird but let me explain.
We need to know that the God we are always talking about is indeed God in order to truly receive the full benefits of meditation. Christians talk about God, confess that we believe in Him and love Him. We readily respond to someone's troubled situation with statements like these, "I'll pray for you." "God knows your needs." "He will come to your help." "God is there for you" "He will bless you."
But when it's ones own troubled situation, we respond with cries like these, "Why, God? Why?" "Where are you, Lord?" "I need you, Lord." "Oh God, please help me!"
Actually, there's nothing wrong with these cries of despair because King David and many others great men of God at one time or another did that also - they complained to God about their situations and whined about it in His presence.
But we also see David ceasing from his complaints and whining to focus his attention on the Almighty God. To be quiet. To be still and know that God is God. Not just a name we use to address a power and use flippantly without true knowledge of who He is.
In Psalm 46:10, God commanded His people to be still and know that He is God.
Before that, the Psalmist beckoned us to ... "Come and see what the LORD has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire."
Other time in the Bible we read that God challenged His people with the deeds He had done; asking them to compare Him to any other they know.
In Isaiah 40:10, we read,
You who bring good news to Zion,
go up on a high mountain.
You who bring good news to Jerusalem,
lift up your voice with a shout,
lift it up, do not be afraid;
say to the towns of Judah,
"Here is your God!"
Then it went on to tell about the deeds of this God. His works - His actions are expressions of who He is.
God ... is gentle
He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.
Continue reading the rest of the chapter and you find that God is all these and more.
God ... is Sovereign
God ... is the Creator
God ... is full of wisdom
God ... is all-powerful
Two more benefits of meditation from focusing on the Person of God: strength and peace
In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength. Isaiah 30:15
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31
"God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging."
As we meditate on God's word and His Person and works, we cease from inward strife and receive divine strength to live life according to His will.
Let us meditate and know that He is God. Let us view situations and things from a correct perspective because in comparison with who God is, no situation is hopeless. As we meditate on Him, we know who He is and what He can do and His everlasting love for us, we enter into His rest and receive strength, peace, joy and wisdom to live life victoriously.
Stop panicking and turn our thoughts and attention on Him and enjoy the wonderful benefits of meditation.
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.
And here are some other resources beside the benefits of meditation concerning Christian Meditation which I hope will help you in your daily meditation practices.
Meditation versus worrying.
The various types of meditation that are being practised today.
It is not hasty reading, but seriously meditating upon holy and heavenly truths that makes them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the bee's touching on the flowers that gathers the honey, but her abiding for a time upon them, and drawing out the sweet. It is not he that reads most, but he that meditates most on divine truth, that will prove the choicest, wisest, strongest Christian.
- Joseph Hall (1574-1656)
How to practice meditating on God's Word every day.
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