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SHHHHHH! I'M MEDITATING!

Posted by Faron Franklin on Sunday, June 14, 2009 Under: Faron's Footnote

Psalm 119:97, NIV – “Oh, how I love your law; I meditate on it all day long.”

 

Many of today’s Christians get a little anxious when they hear someone talk about meditation.    There are many secular groups that spout off today’s buzzwords like transcendental meditation, yoga and new age that causes God's people to avoid the reference of meditation.   They are afraid of the occult or pagan worship.  What they miss is how often God talks about meditation in His Word.

 

Meditation is purposely thinking on a spiritual truth after you here it.  The illustration is not pleasant to hear, but it is the best I have come up with to explain what biblical meditation is about.   A cow will go out in the morning and graze on the green grass.  In the afternoon that same cow will lie under a shade tree and will belch up her cud and chew again the grass she partially digested that morning.    That is spiritual mediation; bringing back up Biblical truths and chewing over them again to aid in the spiritual digestion process.

 

The Bible offers three important truths about meditation.

 

First, meditation is more than a quick read of Scripture.  The Bible presents it as serious pondering.  It is not a quick study or a pick-me-up Bible verse.  I am not against those things, but meditation is deeper than that.   God’s Word is meant for repeated serious concentration.

 

Second, the Biblical contexts define meditation as something that is a consistent habit.   In Joshua 1:8, God told Joshua to meditate on the law day and night.   We get the impression that God wants us to continually throw our minds in this practice.   Psalm 1:2 also says that the godly person will meditate on God’s law day and night.

 

Third, meditation has its rewards.  It’s not just to meditate or go through a religious ritual.  In most of the biblical passages where the term occurs, the writer goes on to point out the results.  Again in Joshua 1:8: “. . . For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.”

 

Psalm 1 describes the godly person who meditates day and night on God’s law and then adds, “. . . and every thing he does shall prosper.” (v. 3)

 

Despite what I have pointed out, we do not talk or teach much on meditation.   We definitely do not practice it.   When is the last time you took your notes from the Sunday sermon, and everyday that week, reviewed them and made some daily applications to your life?   When is the last time you memorized a verse of Scripture and took it into your daily prayer time and talked with the Lord about it?  Do you recall through your day the Bible verses you read that morning?   Meditation is hard work!  It demands time.  It demands your undivided attention.

 

If you desire to win the battle against Satan, meditation is a powerful weapon to use.  Get into the Word.  Take notes on sermons and lessons.   Begin digging deeper in the Word of God.  Focus and study on a topic in Scripture and specifically make applications to your life.  Memorize verses of the Bible, repeat them out loud and keep them in front of your thinking through the day.   Repeat those verses again and again until they become a part of your life and your thinking.

 

You see the idea is that you will never put the Word of God into practice physically until you put it into practice mentally.

 

 

Dear Lord, help me to treasure Your Word.   Reveal Yourself to me as I meditate on Your statues.   Define Your will for my life as I dig deeper in the truths of Scripture.    In Jesus Name---AMEN.

 

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