"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith 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."
(Isaiah 55:8, 9 KJV)
"When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches."
(Psalms 63:6 KJV)
What is Biblical Meditation? Is it important? In his Life Principles Bible, Dr. Charles Stanley writes "Godly meditation means lifting your heart heavenward and listening to God." Let us first find out about meditation.
The first question to be considered concerns the meaning of meditation and what meditation involves. This should be important to Christians because of the growing emphasis on meditation in eastern religions and the need to focus on Our Awesome God to the exclusion of the outside world when praying.
Transcendental meditation, as it is sometimes called, is not biblical meditation. It is dangerous and can actually open one's mind up to Satan's attack when used as in New Age thinking. My purpose is to deal only with the meaning of biblical meditation and to point out that eastern forms of meditation and biblical meditation are not the same thing.
According to Merriam-Webster, meditation means: 1) to engage in contemplation or reflection, 2) 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 discover its meaning or importance or to obtain a plan of action. We sometimes call this deep thinking or reflection.
In transcendental meditation, the objective is to empty the mind of all rational thought and allow it to dwell on whatever ideas just happen to come to mind. This can allow anything to enter in. Using biblical meditation, you focus your mind on Our Awesome God to the exclusion of all else and attach yourself to God's Word, so that you perceive nothing but God and His Word.
One of the purposes of our faith is to become more like Our Awesome God with each passing day on earth. What better way than to meditate on His Word until it is a part of us. Biblical meditation helps us become more Christ-like. Remember the importance of belonging to a church that reads their Bible, prays and preaches that Jesus, the Son of God, died for your sins and rose on the third day; a church that encourages you to become more Christ-like every day.
We invite you to our church services, Bible Study on Sunday morning (9:30 AM) and Worship Service (10:30 AM); then again Sunday evening (6:00 PM) for Bible Study along with AWANA for children which goes until 7:30 PM. Wednesday evening (7:00 PM) there is Prayer Meeting and Bible Study. When you come, ask about the choir and the Prayer Team. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Awesome God!
Flo & Bill