Christian meditation is a practice that has been used for centuries to deepen one’s relationship with God. When the word meditation is used, it typically conjures up images of other religions or secular practices. However, meditation is a tool that Believers can use to strengthen their spiritual discipline.
The Hebrew verb for meditate, hagah, used in Psalm 1:2 and in Joshua 1:8, means “to muse,” “to meditate,” “to moan,” “to think,” or “to speak.” This reflects the variety of approaches to meditation. Some people reflect quietly on memories of the goodness of God while others may actually verbalize or mutter. Typically Christian meditation involves the use of a specific word or Bible passage that is repeated over and over again. This helps to quiet the mind and turn attention to God’s presence. It is important to note that Christian meditation is not the same as Eastern meditation practices that focus on achieving a state of inner peace or personal enlightenment. Christian meditation is focused solely on God and His word.
Unlike other forms of meditation, Christian meditation is not about emptying one’s mind or achieving a state of relaxation. Instead, it is about becoming more aware of God and his presence in our lives. Christian meditation involves the practice of reflecting on biblical teachings and connecting with God through contemplation.
Christian meditation can also be combined with other spiritual disciplines, including prayer, bible study, and solitude. It is a powerful tool for deepening one’s relationship with God and growing in faith. However, it is important to remember that Christian meditation is not a substitute for prayer or scripture reading. Rather, it is a complement to these practices that can help us to more fully experience God’s presence in our lives.
REFLECT – How would incorporating meditation practices into your daily life complement other spiritual disciplines you engage in and deepen your relationship with God?
References to Explore:
- Carpenter, E. E., & Comfort, P. W. (2009). In Holman treasury of key Bible words: 200 Greek and 200 Hebrew words defined and explained. Broadman & Holman Publishers.