Meditation Part I
Christian meditation is different from other forms of spiritual meditation. In the biggest picture, the purpose of non-christian meditation is to empty the mind. But the point of christian meditation is to fill the head and heart with the bible content. But why should followers of Jesus practice meditation? Here are two big reasons.
Meditation Prevents Sin
A powerful way to fight sin in your life is to internalize the Scripture. The psalmist realized this when he asked himself a question he quickly answered: How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:9-11)
The overflow of truth from the heart defeats the outflow of sin from the same place. Jesus practiced this same pattern in when tempted by Satan (Matthew 4:1-11).
Meditation Promotes Obedience
Our highest goal isn’t defined by who we are not and what we don’t do. We aren’t only about killing sin, we want way more than that. Our greatest desire is to live a life of worship. We want to exalt God with everything we are and in everything we do. This requires a radical internal change. And this is exactly what God achieves through His Word in the power of His Spirit. Again, Psalm 119 speaks plainly to this issue: I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me. I cling to your testimonies, O LORD; let me not be put to shame! I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart! (Psalm 119:30-32)
There is a combustible furnace within, where God’s Word ignited by God’s Spirit stokes the fiery desires of the heart. The capacity for worship and obedience expands. Transformation follows. From the inside out, we become people who feel, think, speak and act like Jesus. Meditation is the power tool of change.
Next week, I will provide some practical ways to start a lifestyle of meditation.