“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa. 55:8-9).
If our thoughts are contrary to God’s, then we must exchange our thinking with God’s and for that process, He has given us His inspired, inerrant, and authoritative Word. So what is our need? We are to study the Scripture (which we will look at in a few days) but for that to be effective, we also need to develop the art of biblical meditation.
Mediation is clear in the Bible, we see Joshua writing in Joshua 1:8 ‘This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.’ In the Psalms we read ‘But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.’ (Psalm 1:2) and Tremble, and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. (Psalm 4:4)
What Does It Mean to Meditate? This is an important question we must consider concerns the meaning of meditation and what meditation involves. This is particularly important to the Christian because of the great and growing emphasis on meditation in eastern religions. Transcendental meditation, as it is often called, is not biblical meditation. Eastern forms of meditation and biblical meditation are miles apart.
In Eastern forms of meditation there is an attempt to empty the mind. Biblical meditation, however, is an attempt to empty the mind of the wrong things in order to fill it with what is right and true according to the index of God’s inspired Word. All Eastern forms of meditation stress the need to become detached from the world. Biblical meditation involves becoming detached from the controlling and hindering influences of the world and attached to the living God through Christ that we might, through faith and transformed values, experience the sufficiency of the Savoir and reach out to a hurting world in need of the living Christ.
Meditation means “the act of focusing one’s thoughts: to ponder, think on, muse.” Meditation consists of reflective thinking or contemplation, usually on a specific subject to discern its meaning or significance or a plan of action. Some synonyms would be contemplation, reflection, rumination, deep thinking, or remembering in the sense of keeping or calling something to mind for the purpose of consideration, reflection, or meditation. Compare for instance the following verses of Scripture:
- Psalm 63:6 When I remember Thee on my bed, I meditate on Thee in the night watches,
- Psalm 77:11 I shall remember the deeds of the LORD; Surely I will remember Thy wonders of old.
- Psalm 78:42 They did not remember His power, The day when He redeemed them from the adversary,
- Psalm 143:5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Thy doings; I muse on the work of Thy hands.