Meditation, more often than not is thought to be more closely associated with New Age Spiritualism or perhaps Buddhist Meditation to achieve ‘enlightenment’.
However the word meditation has also been used in the bible plenty of times.
I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.
So what does it mean to meditate as a Christian? The word itself in Hebrew and Greek actually has several meanings under differing circumstances.
hâgâh (H1897) haw-gaw’
In Hebrew we have these associated words:
- To murmur (in pleasure or anger), to ponder, imagine, meditate, mourn, mutter, roar, speak, study, talk, utter
meletaō (G3191) mel-et-ah’-o
In Greek the associated words are:
- To take care of, revolve in the mind, imagine
So it seems actually, that it’s quite similar to prayer. No matter what the situation, the joy or the wrestle in pain, to be meditating on God’s word. Except perhaps it is more exclusively the act of adoration, it’s more about placing the focus on God.
The Gospel Coalition provide 5 good steps to meditating on God’s word that is:
- To Focus:
- Fixing our eyes and hearts on God – His character, His ways
- To Understand:
- To analyse and break down in the mind, more of who God is, asking questions such as the importance of the passage, what does this say about God, what does this say about myself, how does this point to Jesus?
- To Remember:
- The overflow of gratitude, thanksgiving of God’s great redemption
- To Worship
- Delighting in God’s word, to grow in spiritual strength and joy
- For Application
- To apply this in our own prayer, aligning our ways to God’s as He moulds our character.
A scripture I have been meditating as of recent still is:
1 Peter 4:7-8
The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
I’ve definitely mentioned this verse before but it has been close to my heart for the past couple of weeks. I still marvel at the great calling of God for us to still hold on to His ways, that is to love till the very end. It represents the two great commandments as Jesus said: to love God with all your heart (sober mind to pray to our Heavenly Father) and to love our neighbours as ourselves (love each other deeply). How amazing!