In an earlier blog, I shared a few insights about meditation (12 Benefits of Biblical Meditation). For several months I have spent a few minutes every morning in meditation. It has been a wonderful experience.
Some people wonder what topics should be your theme for meditation. Most of the time I simply think of a passage of Scripture. However, I learned that there are 10 models for meditation in Scripture. Each is represented by a Bible person who meditated.
1 – The David Model: Considering God’s Creation and Majesty. (Psalm 19:1) David the shepherd had meditated on the power of God in Creation. Out of that experience he penned his greatest Psalms that describe God’s omnipotence.
2 – The Mary Model: Pondering the person of Jesus. (Luke 2:19) Mary, the one closest to Jesus, often pondered on the Savior to whom she gave birth.
3 – The John Model: Thinking about the cross. (1 John 3:1) The only disciple who witnessed the crucifixion exhorts us to behold the cross to understand the love of God.
4 – The Joshua Model: Focusing on Biblical principles. (Joshua 1:8) The greatest general in Israel’s history commands us to memorize and meditate on principles of Scripture to be successful in life.
5 – The Paul Model: Becoming like Christ. (Colossians 3:2; Phil. 4:8) Paul, who was single-focused in life, tells us to press for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
6 – The Timothy Model: Meditating on your calling and gifts. (1 Timothy 4:14-15) Timothy was told to lead the church to a new level after the apostles were gone, by meditating on his calling and gifts. In this way he could grasp a clear vision of God’s mission for his life and have greater ministry effectiveness.
7 – The Haggai Model: Considering your failures. (Haggai 1:5, 7) Haggai uses the word ‘consider’ over and over to remind us to consider our failures so we can learn how to overcome them. Change your thinking to change your ways.
8 – The Asaph Model: Meditating on God’s intervention. (Psalm 77:11-12) Twelve Psalms written by Asaph reflect his fears and frustrations and how he meditated on God’s intervention. This encourages you to record significant answers to prayer so you can remember the unique ways God has worked in your life.
9 – The Malachi Model: Meditation on God’s names. (Malachi 3:16) Malachi reminds us that God gets worship when we meditate on His name and He keeps written records of those who do.
10 – The Korah Factor: Contemplating intimacy with God. (Psalm 48:9; 42:1-2; 84:2, 10) Twelve Psalms attributed to the sons of Korah tell us to meditate on God to become intimate with Him.
These models were presented in the book, Biblical Meditation for Spiritual Breakthrough. If you’ve never tried meditation, maybe you can try one of these models.
What helps you meditate?