What does the Bible teach about Christian Meditation?

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Christian Meditation

Christian meditation according to the Bible is the act of focusing our minds on the Word of God and what it reveals about Him. David said “blessed” be the man whose “delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:2).

True Christian meditation is an active thought process whereby we give ourselves to praising God for His goodness, the study of the Word, and prayer. We need to ask God to give us understanding by the Holy Spirit, who has promised to lead us “into all truth” (John 16:13). And finally, to put the truth we have learned into practice in our daily lives.

Christian meditation is to the soul what digestion is to the body. It assimilates, appropriates, and makes personal and practical that which has been seen, heard, or read. Paul instructed Timothy to “meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them” (Timothy 4:15). Meditation can take place all through the day and even at night. The Psalmist wrote, “When I remember Thee upon my bed, and meditate on Thee in the night-watches” (Psalm 63:6).

Mediation should first include a spirit of praise and thankfulness for the goodness of God and in remembering His daily mercies. “My meditation of Him shall be sweet” (Psalm 104:34). Then, the Christian should heed the Lord instruction to pray to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

This does not mean that we should be constantly bowed before God in prayer, but that we should ever be in a prayerful frame of mind, even when walking by the way or engaged in the duties of life, ever ready to send up our petitions to heaven for help in time of need. The Bible teaches, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41);  “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17); and “Continuing instant in prayer” (Romans 12:12).

Check the lesson on “Christian meditation” for more information on what the Bible has to say about meditation.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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