When we hear the word meditation, most of the time we think of yoga and the new-age movement don’t we? We think of sitting in a twisted pretzel position on the floor, closing our eyes, and lining ourselves up with the world within us and around us. Little do people know, meditation has been around for many years and did not start with the new-age movement, or with monks on some solitary mountain.
The art of meditation has been around long before yoga has. David was a meditator. When we read many of the Psalms we will find that David meditated on God’s Word daily. In Psalm 119:97, David says
“O how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.”
When we meditate on God’s Word, we will find ourselves falling in love with it. Not only do we fall in love with it, but God begins to reveal things to us about Himself we never knew before.
Do you want to walk in the fullness of what God has for you? Are you tired of the same ‘ol Christian routine? Are you searching for an intimacy with God that you never felt before? Do you feel stuck in your Christian walk?
I believe meditation is the key to the “stuckness” we feel. I believe mediation can break the chains of oppression, and depression. I believe that as we meditate on God’s Word, we will begin to see God in ways we never have. We will be able to develop an intimacy with the lover of our soul.
You might be asking “Okay, so how do we meditate? What does Christian meditation look like?”
Here’s the profound answer: It looks like whatever you make it to be!
There is no set way to meditate on God’s word…it is what you make it! I don’t know your schedule or the happenings in your life. You will have to develop your own method of meditation that works for you. However, I will say this: It needs to be intentional.
You will have to intentionally set time aside to spend time in meditation. Like any relationship, there needs to be date night! Invite God on a date…and date Him daily! Here are some things you can do to cultivate the art of meditation in your life:
Read the Word: Open the Word and pick a verse or passage to meditate on. If you don’t know where to start, then start in the book of Psalm. David was a man after God’s own heart…and we can learn from his meditations.
Write the Word: Write down the verse. Don’t just copy and paste the words into a word document…write it in a journal. Write it over and over. There is something about using a pen to write out scripture!
Speak the Word: Faith comes from hearing and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 10:17) Stir up your faith by speaking the Word out loud. Say it over and over again, until it becomes a part of you.
Pray the Word: Pray the scripture…pray God would reveal Himself to you through what you are meditating on. Pray the scripture over your life. God watches over His word to perform it. (Jeremiah 1:12) When we pray God’s Word over our lives, we are asking God to line our life up with His Word…and why wouldn’t He want to do what you are asking?
This is just the beginning point to a more intimate relationship with the Father. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you, and take time to sit quietly before the Lord and listen for His voice.
You may find yourself meditating on the same scripture(s) for days, even weeks and months before God reveals something to you…but I promise you, God will speak to you! As with any Christian discipline, it takes consistency and perseverance to master this art.
I can’t wait to hear of the testimonies that will come from your time with the Lord.