In this piece, I wish to share with you 3 easy steps to Biblical meditation.
It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner at meditating on the word of God and it doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned or mature believer in Christ.
These are 3 (three) easy steps to meditation will help you greatly.
Meditating on the word of God will allow you to become more sensitive to The Holy Spirit and increase your knowledge and understanding about God.
But most importantly meditation will help you to cultivate a loving and fulfilling relationship with the Lord.
The practice of meditative thought will let us take God’s love and God’s word and merge them in a way that fleshes out God’s character in our lives.
The Bible tells us to… “Let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus- Philippians 2:5. And before we can do this…
We must prepare a place for meditation we must also prepare our hearts for meditation and we must also have a purpose for our meditation.
These are the three easy steps that we will explore and learn to put into action in our lives.
But first, let me say…
What Biblical Meditation Is Not
When I think about what Biblical Meditation is not I’m reminded of the command that’s found in the last book of the Bible. Revelation 22:18-19
Jesus told us not to add to his word and not to take anything from it or else the one who does will suffer the consequences.
I guess the reason that I bring this up is that as I have studied and researched the discipline of Meditation it opened my eyes to something important.
What could that be — you ask?
Well, it’s how I have seen some attempt to mix Biblical Meditation with other forms of meditative thought.
But let be absolutely clear on this…
Christian meditation is not like other forms of meditative practices.
No, my friend, Biblical Meditation can stand on its own legs, per se.
Christian and Biblical Meditation is not like Buddhism it’s not like Yoga or any other form of Eastern Meditation practices.
Biblical Meditation does not need to be mixed with nor does it need anything to be added to it.
So, with that said… let’s look at 3 easy steps to Biblical Meditation.
Step# 1 Prepare a Place
The first thing that any of us must do is to prepare a place for meditating on God’s word.
Just as the word of God teaches us to enter into the secret place when we pray the same should be when we wish to meditate.
Listen, I understand that we live in a culture and a society that is always on the move and there are a lot of competing voices telling us to do this or that.
This is why meditation is so important in the life of the believer.
So we must take the initiative and be very intentional when it comes to carving out those special times for prayer and meditation.
I’m not sure about you but I have not always viewed the practice of meditation as a command for the people of God.
Let’s look at one of the most famous verses in the Bible concerning meditation.
The Command to Meditate
In Joshua 1:8 God tells the new leader of his people these words…
“This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein, for then thou shall make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
When Jesus was asked what commands should be kept he told us that we should love the Lord thy God with all of our hearts, with all of our souls with all of our minds and with all of our strength.
And to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
I believe that the command to meditate on God’s Word goes right up there alone with those two commands.
I mean think about it… How else would we get to know God?
How else could we know what is acceptable of him if we do not study and meditate in the word of God?
If we do not have a relationship with the book how can we have a relationship with God?
Step# 2 How Do We Prepare a Place for Meditation?
Jesus said that when we pray we should enter into our closet and pray to God in secret.
Meditation should be just as private…
So, you need to find a place where you can be alone with God and this needs to be a place that you can have access to daily.
Now understand this… You don’t have to always be in the same place at all times when you meditate.
Sometimes you can find a quiet spot in the park, near a lake or even in your car. It’s good to have a change of scenery sometimes.
But for the most part, you should do your best to create a special place in your home that you can meet with God on a daily basis.
So, just to give you an example of what I mean… On most days when I pray and meditate I sit in the same chair in the same room and basically in the same spot.
Please be sure that this is a place where there are no distractions, which leads us into…
How to Prepare our Hearts For Meditation.
Now, this is the part where we have to turn off the cellphones and for some of us, we probably need to leave it in another part of the house.
I think when it comes to preparing our hearts for worship and meditation most of us don’t take it seriously.
To prepare our hearts for prayer, worship, and meditation we need to start by turning off the distractions of the world.
Things like the radio especially if it’s not Christian music...
We need to turn off the news and the television or a least not be in the same room with such electronic devices and worldly noise.
I’m amazed at how some of my friends can sit around and watch the news before they go to Church or Bible study.
That’s not exactly preparing your heart for worship…
The Bible tells us to set our affections on things above. You can find that passage of scripture here. Colossians 3:1-2
Whether or not we are worshipping or meditating… the key to preparing our heart is prayer.
Prayer is how we enter into God’s presence and prayer is how we communicate with our heavenly Father.
I’ll bet that you can probably come up with some ways that you can prepare your heart for worship and meditation?
One thing that I do is not to eat heavy meals before I worship and practice meditation.
Let me know what you do in the comments below. I would love to hear about it.
Step #3 Finding Purpose For Meditation
In some of the Eastern Meditation Practices, they meditate to become more aware of bodily sensations and other things that have nothing to do with the spiritual.
Biblical Meditation teaches us to specifically meditate on the word of God day and night. Joshua 1:8
That’s our command for meditating and in doing what is commanded of God we will also find our purpose for meditative thought.
Again to practice Biblical Meditation it is not to clear our minds and enter into some type of euphoria.
No, we are to fill and renew our minds with the word of God.
But that just speaks to Biblical Meditation in a broader sense…
The word of God is so rich and powerful it has the ability to transform a life right before our eyes.
Meditation will help us to allow God to do a work in us and through us that like no other work.
Here’s a Little Something to Ponder
As the word of God tells us in Hebrews 4:12 that…
“The word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
In layman’s terms that means that the word of God can do things that no other words can do…
It reads to you while you are reading it.
But not only that it gives you an infinite amount of things to ponder.
If you what change in your financial status meditate on what God says about money.
Do you need to be free of fear? Well, meditate on what God has to say about fear. Here’s an example of what God has to say about fear.
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be dismayed; for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
Meditation on this passage will cause you and I to be aware of… and mindful that God is always with us.
After all, he has promised to never leave nor forsake us. Deuteronomy 31:8 and Hebrews 13:5
God is not like a man… He keeps his promises.
That’s going to do it for now and my hope is that you got some value out of this post.
Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts and don’t forget to meditate on Gods word day and night.