I just finished watching a Charles Stanley sermon titled The Power Of Godly Meditation, and it changed the way I viewed meditation. I always thought of meditation as like you see in eastern religions or just thinking about something hard. Meditation; biblical meditation is all about cutting off all the distractions of the world and focus all your attention on God’s word. It’s doing more listening and less talking.
Why You Should Meditate? Simply because the Bible tells us to. Mediation is essential in our walk with Christ, and yet most of us can’t even give God five minutes of our time. The reason why so many of us Christians walk-in in confusion is because we just read the Bible and think nothing of it afterward. I include myself in this because I know that I haven’t always meditated on God’s word as I should hence why I haven’t had much success in the past year.
“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”
– Joshua 1:8 [NLT]
Mediation brings understanding and peace to our lives. We need to meditate consistently on The Word Of God to see positive changes in our lives. When we say, “I don’t have time to meditate.” We’re essentially saying that God is not important enough for our lives. The key indicator of knowing that you have an idol is what you do that prevents you from meditating on God’s word.
God is not expecting us to have Him on our thoughts 24/7, non-stop, but He does expect us to have His words in our thoughts continuously as we go through our daily lives. Here are some practical ways to meditate on God’s word.
1. Find key verses to ponder on – Usually, when I’m reading The Bible, I look at critical verses, and I highlight them and write out my thoughts. Since I have so many verses highlighted, I tend to forget what I highlighted. Writing a verse on a notepad is another way I concentrate my thoughts on a specific verse on a topic.
2. Turn Off All Apps Not Related To God’s Word – We live in a distracted culture with mobile apps, video games, and the news continually taking away our time from God. I’m guilty of this myself; I often get on YouTube and look at my feed find all these other things not related to God, and it consumes my time more than God does. A way you can avoid being distracted by technology is to turn off your phone and read a Physical Bible, only watch YouTube videos that are spiritually feeding you (sermons, podcast, and Worship songs), or you can listen to the audio In the Youversion Bible app while your phone is on silent and other electronics are turned off.
3. Listen to Christian Music – Christian Music is a great way to get your mind focused on Christ, and it’s also a way to entertain your mind while thinking about God’s goodness. There is some Christian Music that can be deceptive, but for the most part, you will find spirit-filled Christian songs. Let the Holy Spirit led you. The cool thing about Christian Music is that you don’t have to limit yourself to just CCM or Black Gospel Music. You have other music genres you listen to, such as Christian Rap, Christian Rock, Christian Pop, and even Christian R&B. Do your research on Youtube, and you’ll be amazed to find talented musicians glorifying The Lord.
4. Be Creative – Meditation doesn’t have to be boring at all. We should be excited to spend time with Jesus every day. You can write poetry, write songs, play an instrument, write sticky notes of your favorite verses or write a journal. Whatever you can do to get your mind focused on God’s goodness.
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.”
– Psalms 37:4 [NLT]
Meditation should be a joy and not a chore. Meditate on God’s Word, and you will live a fulfilling life in Jesus.