From as recently as 1955, meditation has taken a very interesting road which does not follow the biblical idea. Many have taught that meditation is emptying the mind, visualization, channeling, achieving a higher level of spiritual awareness, and even becoming one with nature and being god. None of these follow the biblical model and meaning.
When Joshua was given the role of leading Israel into the promised land, the Lord told him; “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 good success” (Joshua 1:8).
The word “meditate” means to “ponder, give serious thought and consideration to selected information, with a possible implication of speaking in low tones reviewing the material.” That is far from the meaning false teachers have given it. For Joshua, this serious consideration of God’s Word would result in obedient following what Scripture taught.
David asked God to examine his meditations; “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14). Instead of ‘emptying the mind,’ David wanted to be sure that he put the right kind of thoughts and information into his mind so they would guide and control his words, actions and life.
We get the same idea in Psalm 119:15; “I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.” I trust you will become a person who will meditate daily on God’s word and then obey it.
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