What do you think of when you hear the word meditation? According to the Webster Dictionary meditation is discourse intended to express its author’s reflections or to guide others in contemplation. I don’t know about you but that definition is not very helpful. Often in today’s world when you hear the word meditation you think of a new age type focus or eastern meditation. However, I believe meditation started WAY before any new age movement.
Psalm 64:1 Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation; preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
Psalm 64 is a psalm about being oppressed by the wicked but still rejoicing in the Lord. In verse 1 David talks about meditating on God and calling on God to hear his voice.
Psalm 119:48 My hands also I will lift up to your commandments, which I love, and I meditate on your statutes.
Here is a table that contrasts between Biblical Meditation and Eastern Meditation.
Eastern Meditation Biblical Meditation
Mental Focus Empties the mind. Fills the mind with God’s Word.
Content Focus Asks participants to repeat Asks participants to focus on vital
a single word – a mantra. content – God’s Word.
Goal Aids in self-fulfillment. Aids in honoring God.
Method Visualizes what you desire. Prays to God, who controls the universe.
Resources The ultimate resources is The ultimate resource and power is God.
within the person.
I studied this table for a long while because I see such truth in it. Truth not just in meditation but truth in the sins of this fallen world! The world tries to empty the mind rather then deal with stress, job problems, money problems, marriage problems, parent-child relationship problems. We are taught by our secular society that we are the resource to fix everything. It’s all within us which is absolutely absurd! Think of the disappointment when you visualize yourself in that new position at work. And you visualize and visualize and visualize yet it doesn’t happen. You become bitter, resentful. The goals in the table really struck me…. I don’t want to aid myself in self-fulfillment. My fulfillment comes from the Lord, not my husband (although I have to say my husband ROCKS! Thank you Lord!), not my children (I’m blessed here too!), not my job, not even my church. My GOD is what fulfills me! The goal of biblical meditation is to help me to honor God.
I’m loving this study. I’m seeing the importance of getting in the Word EVERY SINGLE DAY. Not just on Sundays. God’s word is our armor in such a fallen land. Ephesians 6:1 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
If the Word is not influencing you SOMETHING is – I promise!