In this piece, I want to share with you what I have learned about the Biblical way of Christian Meditation for beginners.
This article was first written and published March 26, 2019, and I am only about four weeks into intentional Christian Meditation and I have already discovered some amazing aspects of the practice.
Now you may be wondering why I added the date to this post… Am I right?
Well, I added it that I might add some transparency and authenticity to the article.
To let you know that you are not in this alone… and that as someone that’s wanting to explore the ins and outs of Biblical Meditation… this is to assure you that you have an advocate.
I also wish to assure you that we all have to start at the beginning of any worthwhile discipline, and the discipline of meditation is no different.
Before I go on there is one more thing that I want you to know and understand…
It is that the more that I learn, discover, and receive from meditation the more I will share on this website.
So, please join the community and frequently visit this website.
Why Should We Meditate?
Whenever we should ask the question of… why should we meditate? There’s a lot to be discovered.
I have found that if we as believers ask the right questions… God will always grace us with the appropriate answers.
How we decide to accept those answers are for another article and another time though.
But, as to the question about why should we meditate the answer is found in the word of God.
And we find it in the book of Joshua 1:8.
You may already know that this is one of the most popular verses in the Bible concerning meditation.
It is also one of the scripture verses that you will probably see me refer to a lot throughout this website as well.
Now, let’s look at a few of the reason why we as followers of Christ must practice meditation.
Three reasons to meditate are found in Joshua 1:8
Before I point the three reasons to meditate found in Joshua 1:8 maybe we should read the verse together.
Here we go…
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but you shall meditate therein day and night. That you may observe to do according to all that is written therein. For then shall you make your prosperous, and then shall you have good success.”
I’m sure you probably see the three reasons that I am talking about already.
But bear with me for the sake of full disclosure for those that may not see it.
Reason # 1.
Meditating on the Word of God is a command from our heavenly Father…not a suggestion.
You may be saying to yourself, what do you mean by command?
You are probably also saying to yourself that… We are not under the law but under grace.
Yeah, you’re right… but think about it this way… In every house there are rules to follow and if you want to benefit from the goods and privileges of the house.
You have to follow the rules that are set in place.
So, in this case, you and I are in the household of faith, and it’s God’s house and we are his children.
God makes the rules and we follow them…
Isaiah 1:19 reads this way… “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.”
Reason #2. The Promise of God
After God finishes his instructions for us to meditate on the word day and night, he gives us two extraordinary promises.
The promises that I am talking about are a life of prosperity and full of success.
Now let me be honest with you. When I first heard and read this verse my attention went directly to the being prosperous and successful part.
I wanted to skip the part about meditating. I’m just saying… And I’m really glad that our heavenly Father won’t allow us to skip.
Now here’s Reason #3.
This, my friend, is the tip of the iceberg so to speak.
When we meditate we get to go to another level in our relationship with God.
As I said… At the time of writing this article, I have only been four weeks into seriously making meditation the main part of my devotional and worship lifestyle.
But that’s not to say that I haven’t meditated in the past…because I have.
It just hasn’t been as intentional as it has in the past few weeks.
Let no one tell you that intentionality doesn’t pay great dividends, because it does.
My relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit has become even more passionate and exciting… I mean in this short time that I’m intentional about meditation has me wanting to spend time in God’s presence more and more.
I don’t have the words to truly express it. But the best I can describe it as being unspeakable joy when you can tap into the practice of meditative thought and discipline.
Maybe you’re asking…
Isn’t All Meditative Practices The Same?
That’s a really good question. But the answer is simply no.
Christian and Biblical Meditation stands in a class all by itself.
It differs from Buddhism, Yoga, and all other Eastern meditation practices.
God invented mediation like he did everything else.
I know that might seem to be a bold or even to some a narrow-minded way of thinking. But it’s true.
Christ-centered meditation has so much more to offer than any other meditative thought practice and the reason for that is found all throughout the word of God.
I’ll be sharing a lot of that with you in the very near future… That’s if you choose to hang out with me.
I really hope and pray that you will, because the fun is just beginning.
Where Do We Begin With Meditation As Christians?
Before I jump right into where to get started with meditation as a Christian… Let me tell you a little bit about some thoughts that you may encounter as you begin your practices.
During the first few days, you may feel like meditation is boring and you don’t seem to be getting anything out of it.
From what I understand this is a thought and a feeling that happens to 99% of us regardless of what type of meditative practices we are involved with.
The thing to do then is to keep going and I can almost guarantee that you will be amazed at what you will experience.
As a matter of fact, I can promise you that if you persist God will meet with you where you are.
And oh… There’s one more important thing that I need to mention and it is that you need to know that every day that you meditate will be different.
That’s all I’m going to say about that for now.
Now Let’s Get Back To The Beginning.
I mentioned earlier that you would see and hear me refer to Joshua 1:8 quite a lot.
So in keeping in step with the truth… Here’s the deal.
It doesn’t matter how far along you are in your relationship with the Lord… I recommend that everyone start their first 7 days of Meditation on Joshua 1:8.
Committing it to memory and really allowing the command to resonate within.
This is what I like to think of as the mandate to meditate.
As I also said meditation for the Christian is a command and not a suggestion. And by allowing Joshua 1:8 to sink deep into your heart…
Well, let’s just say that it will ultimately change the way you view meditation forever.
And by the way that’s just one of the secrets to Biblical Meditation for a new life.
What happens next?
Well, my friend if you get through the first seven days of incorporating contemplative thought and meditation into your lifestyle.
Listen, the next seven days are going to be even that much more exciting and fulfilling.
So, I guess you’re curious to know what scripture to use huh?
Well-beloved it is none other than the famous words of King David presented to us in Psalm 1. Especially the first 3 verse.
Let’s look at together.
“Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly. Nor stands in the way of sinners. Nor sits in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law does he meditate day and night.”
I’m stopping right there for now but you won’t when you begin to meditate on it.
The challenge that comes with this one is to see if you can commit it all to memory in seven days.
As we travel this road together into a meditation lifestyle let me leave you with a few takeaways.
A Few Things To Consider.
Please keep in mind that meditation is not a destination it’s a lifetime journey. Every day is going to be different yet some times similar.
At first, you may feel like you’re wasting time and nothing is happening. But I promise you… if you persist things will begin to dramatically open up.
Always remember that If God is in it… he truly has something good in store for you. Remember what he spoke through the prophet Jeremiah when he told us this…
For I know what I have planned for you; says the LORD. I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope. Jeremiah 29:11.
Here are (4) four practical tips for Christian Meditation on God’s Word:
By the way, these are tips that I must credit to the author over at GotQuestions.org
If you wish to discover a bit more about Christian Meditation you should check out the website… I found it to be very helpful.
Enjoy the tips and I am sure that you will find them very useful.
1. Carve out a specific time and place each day when you are least likely to be interrupted or distracted to get alone and meditate on God’s Word.
2. Start with prayer and ask God to help you with your meditation. You can ask the Lord to draw you closer to Him, open your eyes to His truth, help you apply that truth in your life, and transform you as you meditate on God’s Word.
3. Choose a small section of Scripture. Think about what the passage means. Study it in depth so that you can understand it in context. Take notes. Ask questions. Memorize the passage. Ask God what He wants to say to you through the text.
4. Consider how you can apply the passage to your life in practical ways, and ask God to help you follow through in obedience to what He shows you.
I look forward to the times that I can meditate and experience God in ways that are absolutely amazing.
And you will too…
Bye-bye for now.
And as I always say…
Be blessed, meditate day and night.
Keep up the good practice…
And experience the Power of God working to give you a new life… through meditation.