Meditation is a powerful activity. Many religions and even non-religious groups use meditation to springboard to a healthier and less-stressful life. The Bible promises success and prosperity to those who meditate on God’s Word (Joshua 1:8).
Biblical meditation is about God and His Word. It will change your life because you focus on God. Meditation changes your thought life and that will begin to change the rest of your life. Biblical meditation will help you develop a deeper relationship with God.
Biblical meditation is not putting your mind in neutral. Biblical meditation is allowing God’s Word to control your thoughts. This is important because “…as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he…” (Proverbs 23:7). The way you think is one of the most powerful influences on the way you live.
The way I meditate on God and His Word is to think of a Scripture passage over and over to let it sink in. I try to think of different ways I can apply that Scripture to my life or some circumstance.
I recently read a book by Elmer Towns called, Biblical Meditation for Spiritual Breakthrough. In it, he mentions 12 benefits of Biblical Meditation.
1- You gain insight and instruction of truth Psalm 119:99; 2 Timothy 2:7)
2- You get a positive outlook on life (Psalm 104:34)
3- You deepen your love for the Scriptures and God (Psalm 119:97)
4- You become prosperous as you apply the insights gained (Joshua 1:8).
5- You grow and become stable in the Christian life (Psalm 1:2-3; John 15:4)
6- You develop a strong prayer life (John 15:7)
7- You are motivated to ministry (1 Tim. 4:15; 1 Sam. 12:24)
8- Meditation motivates you to repent and live better (Psalm 39:3; Rev. 2:5).
9- You find the peace of God (Phil. 4:8,9)
10- You get a clear focus to guide you in making decisions (Col. 3:2; Matt. 6:33)
11- You focus your life on Christ (Heb. 12:3; 1 John 3:1)
12- You worship God in His majestic glory (Deut. 4:39).
I hope this helps you begin a time every day in mediation of His Word. The above verses are great to include in your daily mediation time. As a pastor I will often take my passage from my sermon and meditate on it through the week. It’s amazing what insights I get as I let God’s Word sink into my heart. Try that the next time you hear a message or read a devotional. Take the Bible passage, commit a short portion to memory, and meditate on it throughout your day.
I hope you will take some time out of your busy schedule to slow down, quiet your heart, and think about God and His wonderful message to you.