One discipline of spiritual growth that is often overlooked is that of meditation. Thankfully, in recent years some writers have begun to focus once again upon it, but it is largely forgotten.
Let me say up front that there is a difference between meditating in a Scriptural manner and the types of meditation that spring from the New Age movement. I’m glad God doesn’t expect me to get in a lotus position and stay that way for several hours while I travel “outside my body”. I would never be able to get out of that position once I got into to it. Besides, what would happen if I got outside my body and couldn’t get back in? (I know a couple of people that I am pretty sure this has happened to them.)
The biblical form of meditation comes from a couple of Hebrew words that actually mean to recite aloud to oneself. David described himself as doing it in the “night watches”. When the burdens of life and of government would not permit him to rest, he would probably pace the balcony outside his bedroom reciting the law of God aloud.
When do we make time to deliberately meditate upon the Word of God? What fills our mind when we try to sleep? What do we do during drive time? I think it would make a difference in our walk with God if we spent less time contemplating the things of the world and spent more time reciting His Word.
There is a dual benefit of this that is closely tied to my previous post on Scripture memorization. As we recite the Word of God aloud, we have the benefit of speaking it, but also of hearing it. This further engraves it into our memory.
This does not mean that we have to walk about in public places talking to ourselves. The context of all of the Bible references to meditation imply that it is done when we are alone. It is not to be done for show, but for the purpose of nurturing our spirit.
In the words of the psalmist, “Selah,” meditate on this.