Christian Meditation Is Biblical
4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:4-8 )
Definition of meditate from Merriam-Webster
meditated meditating intransitive verb
- 1: to engage in contemplation or reflection
- 2: to engage in mental exercise (as concentration on one’s breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness
- 1: to focus one’s thoughts on : reflect on or ponder over
- 2: to plan or project in the mind : intend, purpose
I am taking Think on these things to mean meditate on them because the Greek word Logizomai means to reckon or consider. (Here is a great paper on logizomai if you are interested)
Now what kind of meditation should we use? As Christians we are not trying to take ourselves out of this world. We are not trying to connect with ourselves or escape reality. We are not trying to achieve nirvana. We do not believe that meditation will help us achieve any more grace or forgiveness than we already have. in Christian meditation we are meditating on the Holy Spirit, and through the Holy Spirit we find the good things which, in turn, we meditate on.
The very spiritual men of old did not need spiritual books. They did not have such a great need to read many patristic books, because they constantly contemplated things about God. Whatever they saw immediately gave them an opportunity to meditate upon something. (Elder Ephraim of St Anthony’s Monastery)
Through Christian meditation we are trying to become more like Christ. Meditation, in the traditional Christian sense can help us accomplish this goal. When we find a scripture because we have prayed to be lead by the Holy Spirit we focus on that scripture and let it soak into your mind. As we go throughout our day we remember and ask God what we can do with His word in us. Finding scripture and keeping meditating on it throughout our day will grow us in our transformation.
What you think about or meditate on can have a fundamental affect on you and how you act. When we take time to put good things in our minds, we will be changed.
What do you think about Christian meditation? Should Christians practice meditation or not?