Someone asked me the other day about meditation and what that might look like for a Christian. I know that for some people, the concept of meditation brings up images of Eastern mysticism or perhaps chanting over and over while sitting cross-legged on the floor, trying to “empty oneself” and obtain a peaceful state of mind. Because of those images, many people do not envision meditation as being something a Christian should engage in. But those images do not accurately reflect the concept of mediation spoken of in the Bible. The Bible makes several positive references to meditation which give us a picture of what it should be. Here are just a couple:
Psalm 19:14 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 77:12 I will ponder Your work God and meditate on your mighty deeds.
The meditation spoken of in God’s word is an invitation for Christians not to empty our minds in order to achieve inner peace but rather to fill our minds and our hearts with the things of God so that we can experience His peace. It is an invitation to contemplate God’s words and reflect on the His desires for our lives. It is an invitation to “be still and know” that He is God (Psalm 46:10).
My prayer for you is that you would set aside some time this week to meditate on the words of the Lord and fill your heart and your mind with the things of God. I am confident that time spent in this endeavor will be a time of blessing.