Meditate (v): 1. to engage in contemplation or reflection
2. to engage in mental exercise for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness
3. to focus one’s thoughts on: reflect on or ponder over
Meditation, yoga, all these “new age” things seem to be very popular lately. I know there are some people who believe that yoga is un-Christian because of its roots. I, however, don’t believe that. It may have roots in another religion, but it’s still a great way to exercise, stretch, and relax, and I really don’t think God is going to punish me for working out.
That’s beside the point. People tend to associate meditation with the new age bit and all that. But here’s the thing, meditation isn’t just new age or for Buddhism or Hinduism or anything else. There’s meditation in the Bible.
It’s all throughout the Psalms. In so many verses, they talk about the Lord delighting in our meditating on His word.
“Blessed is the one…whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.” -Psalm 1:1,2
“We meditate on your unfailing love.” -Psalm 48:9
“May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord.” -Psalm 104:34
“My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises.” -Psalm 119:148
And so many more…
So we’re supposed to read the Bible and meditate on it, think on what we read, let it marinate and seep into our bones, let it be written on our hearts. That’s how God wants us to read the Bible, I think. If we soak ourselves in His word, surround ourselves with His truths they become our truths. That’s how I imagine we should spend our time with Him, how He wants us to, and that’s how we hear His voice.
Get rid of all our distractions and focus on Him.