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I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. (Psalm 119:15 ESV)

Samuel A CainBiblical meditation allows us to dwell on the principles, decrees, words, and commandments of God. Biblical meditation is prolonged thought focused on a single concept, teaching, or attribute of God. Meditation allows the Holy Spirit to teach you the ways of God through God’s Word. There is little evidence of this practice in our fast food, fast service, fast driving, and instant gratification culture.

Biblical meditation engages us in devotional contemplation and prayer.  In this manner, one begins to think and reflect on the holy in a calm and deliberate fashion. King David wrote, “I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.” (Psalm 119:48 ESV)

There are many problems that arise in our lives because we have failed to quietly meditate on the Scriptures regularly. Many of our disputes, failures, disappointments, and emotional problems are rooted in faulty beliefs. Biblical meditation will exchange lies for the truth of God’s Word. Meditation in the Scriptures reminds us to look heavenward to God so that our minds may be filled with godly wisdom and our hearts with joy. (James 1:5 ESV)

Christian meditation is a source of strength and joy. We see this affirmed in such passages as Isaiah 40:28-31 and Psalm 1:1-2. These verses should motivate us to be more serious in our meditation. Biblical meditation transforms us as we become more like Christ. (Romans 8:29 & Romans 12:2) Carelessly skimming the Scriptures is not meditation. Renewing the mind is only possible when     you “seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:1-2 ESV)

Ask the Holy Spirit to open your mind to the Scriptures.  Meditating on God’s word is pondering, deeply reflecting upon, and considering the meaning of what is written there. We do this by reasoning in our minds as the Holy Spirit guides us. Biblical mediation helps us to understand the world God created. It fills our minds with the way of Jesus and His truth. Consequently, we are transformed by Him and renewed to be like Him.

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