Joshua 1:8 – “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
Meditation in our Christian life is so important that Satan finds a way for us to not even consider it. Can you imagine what would happen if every believer spent everyday dwelling over God’s Word?
J.I. Packer, in his book Knowing God – gives us a working definition of meditation:
“Meditation is the activity of calling to mind, and thinking over, and dwelling on, and applying to oneself, the various things that one knows about the works and ways and purposes and promises of God. It is an activity of holy thought, consciously performed in the presence of God, under the eye of God, by the help of God, as a means of communion with God. Its purpose is to clear one’s mental and spiritual vision of God, and to let his truth make its full and proper impact on one’s mind and heart. It is a matter of talking to oneself about God and oneself; it is, indeed, often a matter of arguing with oneself, reasoning oneself out of moods of doubt and unbelief into a clear apprehension of God’s power and grace. Its effect is to ever humble us as we contemplate God’s greatness and glory, and our own littleness and sinfulness, and to encourage and reassure us – “comfort” us in the old, strong Bible sense of the word – as we contemplate the unsearchable riches of divine mercy displayed in the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Here are 4 principles that will guide you into meaningful mediation:
- Review the Past
- Reviewing the past is an excellent way to begin our time of meditation, because as we do, we will see patterns that God has woven into our lives. As we meditate on God’s work in our lives in the past, we see his hand of correction, comfort, and exhortation and we can better distinguish His moving in our lives at the present time.
- Reflect Upon God
- Reviewing the past should be followed by reflecting upon God. As we begin to reflect upon God, we should consider three facets: His greatness, His grace, and His goodness. Focusing on our difficulties can intensify and enlarge the problem. When we focus on God, it puts the problem in proper perspective – it no longer overwhelms us.
- Remember God’s Promises
- It’s important that we meditate on God’s promises. In Scripture, he has promised us peace, provision, and protection.
- Make a Request
- As we sit before the Lord in meditation, we shouldn’t just listen; there is a time to make a request too. Base your requests on the promises of God in His Word.