Bible Meditations - For Peace In Your Life - And For Spiritual Uplifting!
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; and Wisdom to know the
difference. Thy will, not mine, be
"...Reading the Bible was more work.
I’ve mentioned before that I grew up the son of an evangelical
Christian and a physics professor, which
was helpful to learn how to respect other
people’s opinions. I hadn’t read
the Bible in recent years, so it was enlightening
to read it as an adult. If I had to sum up
the New Testament in a sentence, it would
be “do unto others as you would have
them do unto you” (the golden rule).
However, for all the talk about mercy and
compassion in the New Testament compared
to the Old Testament, there was still quite
a bit of fire/brimstone/judging. I enjoyed
reading some books (e.g. Acts and Romans)
that I didn’t remember much from growing
up. Other parts I enjoyed less. But I got
a lot out of reading the New Testament, including
some appreciation of the text as literature
and as history..." see this article
Scripture declares of God’s thoughts,
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Neither are your ways My ways,” declares
the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So
are My ways higher than your ways, And My
thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa. 55:8-9).
We are also told to “be of the same
mind toward one another” which means
essentially that we must develop and maintain
the mind of Christ or God’s thoughts.
We are to “stand firm in one spirit,
with one mind striving together for the faith
of the gospel” (Rom. 12:16; Phil. 2:5; 1:27). But if my thoughts are contrary to God’s,
then I must exchange my thinking with God’s
and for that process, He has given us His
inspired, inerrant, and authoritative Word.
So what is our need? We are to study the
Scripture, but for that to be effective,
we also need to develop the art of biblical
Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart from
your mouth, but you shall meditate on it
day and night, so that you may be careful
to do according to all that is written in
it; for then you will make your way prosperous,
and then you will have success.
Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
Psalm 4:4 Tremble, and do not sin; Meditate in your
heart upon your bed, and be still.
If I were the devil (please, no comment),
I would do my best to divide and fragment
the thinking of the church of Jesus Christ.
I would try to get God’s people confused
as to who they are and why they are here.
I would try to get them preoccupied with
other things. I would try to get them to
live independently, to think like the world
thinks, to think like the natural man thinks
in the futility of his mind (Eph. 4:17-18). In other words, I would like to keep people
away from serious involvement with the Word
of God. I would want to keep their relationship
to God’s Word superficial and secondary.
Someone has said that the Adversary majors
in three things: noise, hurry, and crowds.
But he also has a number of cultural values
or belief systems, actually illusions and
snares, that he uses to confuse and manipulate
the church so that it must, of necessity,
fail in its calling and purpose whenever
it operates under these illusions.
Each of these are opposed to and work against
developing and maintaining the mind of Christ
through studying and meditating on the Word.
They are designed to keep us out of the Word
which is so essential to our ability to avoid
the delusions of Satan and the world system
and to hear and respond to the call of God
on our lives.
What Does It Mean to Meditate?
The first question we must consider concerns
the meaning of meditation and what meditation
involves. This is particularly important
to the Christian because of the great and
growing emphasis on meditation in eastern
religions. Transcendental meditation, as
it is often called, is not biblical meditation.
It is dangerous and actually opens up one’s
mind for Satanic attack as it is found in
New Age thinking. My purpose here is to deal
only with the meaning and blessing of biblical
meditation and to point out that eastern
forms of meditation and biblical meditation
are miles apart.
The Actions of Meditation
Meditation means “the act of focusing
one’s thoughts: to ponder, think on,
muse.” Meditation consists of reflective
thinking or contemplation, usually on a specific
subject to discern its meaning or significance
or a plan of action.
Some synonyms would be contemplation, reflection,
rumination, deep thinking, or remembering
in the sense of keeping or calling something
to mind for the purpose of consideration,
reflection, or meditation. Compare for instance
the following verses of Scripture:
Psalm 63:6 When I remember Thee on my bed, I meditate
on Thee in the night watches,
Psalm 77:11 I shall remember the deeds of the LORD;
Surely I will remember Thy wonders of old.
Psalm 78:42 They did not remember His power, The day
when He redeemed them from the adversary,
Psalm 143:5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on
all Thy doings; I muse on the work of Thy
The Objects of Meditation
In Eastern forms of meditation as in TM there
is an attempt to empty the mind. Biblical
meditation, however, is an attempt to empty
the mind of the wrong things in order to
fill it with what is right and true according
to the index of God’s inspired Word.
All Eastern forms of meditation stress the
need to become detached from the world. There
is an emphasis upon losing personhood and
individuality and merging with the Cosmic
Mind… Detachment is the final goal
of Eastern religion. It is an escaping from
the miserable wheel of existence…
It is merely a method of controlling the
brain waves in order to improve your psychological
and emotional well-being.1
Biblical meditation involves becoming detached from the controlling and hindering influences
of the world and attached to the living God through Christ that we
might, through faith and transformed values,
experience the sufficiency of the Savior
and reach out to a hurting world in need
of the living Christ.
Biblical meditation is object oriented. It begins with reflective reading and rereading
of the Word and is followed by reflection
on what has been read and committed to memory.
In Scripture, the word meditate is generally
found with an object (God, His Word, or works,
etc.) or in a context where the object of
meditation is understood.
In Scripture it does not mean to sit and
ponder infinity or to empty the mind so some
force can fill it by repeating some chant
or mantra. Such is dangerous and opens the
mind to demonic attack. Meditation in the
Bible means reflective thinking on biblical
truth so that God is able to speak to us
through Scripture and through the thoughts
that come to mind as we are reflecting on
the Word, but that must also be filtered
by the Word.
The goal of Christian meditation is to internalize
and personalize the Scripture so that its
truth can affect how we think, our attitudes,
and how we live, our actions.
The Objectives of Meditation
(1) Worship—It is designed to focus on the Lord and His
works (Ps. 27:4; 77:12). It is a place and space in our
lives for communion with God. It is a means
of elevating the spiritual over the material
world and the world of activity: the world
of hustle and bustle and coming and going.
(2) Instruction—It is designed to improve our understanding
of the Word and God’s ways as it applies
to our lives (Ps. 49:3 [i.e., understanding comes from the meditations
of his heart]; 119:27, 97f). In meditation
we exchange our thoughts with God's.
(3) Motivation or Encouragement—It is designed to motivate and inspire
us in service and courage for the works God
has called us to do (Josh. 1:7-8)
(4) Transformation—It is designed to transform and change our
lives. This would apply to all the above
(Ps. 4:4; 19:14; 119:15; Rom. 12:2; Col. 3:1f).
In Joshua 1:8, God promised Joshua success as part of
the fruit of his meditation on the Word,
but this has nothing to do with the prosperity
mentality of the positive thinking and eastern
meditation that is so present today in New
Age thinking where, through positive thinking,
one is able to control his or her destiny.
Rather this is the success of obedient and
godly living which experiences God’s
provision and deliverance from the enemies
of this life. It is not a guarantee against
trials and pain.
When Should We Meditate?
(1) At prescribes times set aside for Bible
study and thinking on the Word (Gen. 24:63; Ps. 4:4; 27:4; 63:6; 77:6; 119:148). It means making
space in a special place for God and spiritual
(2) At all times throughout the day and night,
as we face the varied situations of life. It involves the constant application of
the Word through remembrance and reflective
thinking (Josh. 1:8).
Why Should We Meditate?
(1) Because of what the Bible is—Revelation
from God. In the Bible God has spoken and through
this book God reveals Himself, reveals who
and what man is, and what His plan for man
consists of. (Cf. Ps. 19:7f; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; Isa. 55:8f.)
The Bible was given to us by God to be read
and meditated on. “An unread Bible
is like food that is refused, an unopened
love letter, a buried sword, a road map not
studied, a gold mine not worked.”2
(2) Because of what man is and needs—Reconciliation
to God and one another. The nature of man and the nature of the world
and Satan constitutes a great need for personalizing
the Word: cf. Eph. 4:16f; 5:15f; 2 Cor. 4:4; etc. Because man is a holistic being, his
spiritual, psychological, and physical faculties
are complexly intertwined. Dr. Paul Meier
To prepare myself as a Christian psychiatrist,
I undertook college studies, an M.S. degree
in human physiology, an M.D. from medical
school, psychiatric residency training in
two different programs, and theological course
ware from two evangelical seminaries. During
those years I was equipped with many techniques
and shortcuts for bringing human beings relief
from anxieties, depression, phobias, fears,
insecurities, and other kinds of emotional
and physical pain. Among the many tools I
learned to use, by far the one that has been
most valuable in helping people attain spiritual
well-being is Scripture meditation.3
Meditation affects man’s whole being.
Another reason is the fact man does not innately
contain God’s thoughts and ways. Again
Man is a totally depraved being, possessing
selfish and ultimately self-destructive thought
patterns and behavior. Show me a natural
man, untaught in God’s principles and
I’ll show you a natural man who suffers
from emotional pain. I’ll show you
a man who experiences the guilt and discomfort
of a God-vacuum. I’ll show you a man
who is unconsciously fighting and struggling
for a sense of significance, using worldly
ways (e.g., sexual fantasy, materialism,
power struggles, and prestige) in a vain
attempt to attain significance all of which
will fail. The ways of the world bring temporary
relief, like bandaids on open flesh wounds,
but not ultimate relief from man’s
inner awareness of his insignificance apart
(3) Because of what the meditation does—Reformation
of the mind and life. Using the words “meditate” and
“remember” which is sometimes
used as a synonym for meditate (Ps. 63:6; 77:5-7; 119:55-56; 143:5-6), let’s
note from Scripture some of the reasons we
should meditate on the Word.
- It renews or reprograms our minds, exchanges
our ideas for God’s, so we can begin
to experience God’s ways (Isa. 55:8f; Rom. 12:1). Its the principle of GIGO or VIVO (garbage
in, garbage out, or value in, value out).
- It monitors what and how we are thinking
and thus protects us against the thinking
and actions of the world (Ps. 1:1-2; Jer. 17:5-10). Many of our problems are symptoms of underlying
dynamic mental processes going on inside.
Meditating on the Word when done properly
is designed to expose an often unconscious
network of defenses, anxieties, and sources
of self-trust (Heb. 4:12; 2 Tim. 3:16).
- It enables and motivates us to walk after
or according to God’s plan and purposes
rather than our own (Josh. 1:7f; Ps. 119:15).
- It produces spiritual stability and fruitfulness
or success according to biblical standards
(Josh. 1:7f; Ps. 1:3).
- It is a means of focusing on and resting
in the Lord which enables us to cling to
the Lord and find spiritual joy in the midst
of suffering and testing (Ps. 63:6f; 77:6-12). It becomes a means of protection
against a mental attitude of self-pity and
discouragement (Ps. 4:4; 119:23, 78).
- It is a means of better knowing and understanding
the Word which gives insight to life itself
(Ps. 49:3; 119:27).
- It warms the heart and keeps us close to
God (Jer. 20:7-9).
- It is a means of worship and seeking God
which is ultimately the highest goal of meditation
(Ps. 27:4; 77:12).
May we join the Psalmist who, rather than
use the methods of the world to deal with
his pain, declared his commitment to meditation
when he wrote:
Psalm 119:78 May the arrogant be ashamed, for they subvert
me with a lie; But I shall meditate on Thy precepts.
The Art of Meditation
How to Profit From Biblical Meditation
Biblical meditation is the art of reflection,
of pondering and going over a matter in one’s
mind. It is important that we recognize we
cannot divorce meditation from all the processes
by which we learn and apply the Word. It
is intricately tied to Bible study in all
Concerning one of the chief Hebrew words
used for meditation, hagah, Herbert Wolf says, “Perhaps the Scripture
was read half out loud in the process of
Biblical meditation involves the whole process
of reading and observing a portion of Scripture
in order to seek both its meaning and application.
Though we generally think in terms of the
final aspect in which one reflects on his
observations and understanding of a particular
text or concept of the Word, reading the
text of Scripture reflectively is a part
of the process of biblical meditation.
The point is this. We can’t effectively
reflect on and respond to a portion of the
Word or a biblical truth without the whole
process of careful Bible study. Just as meditating
in a vacuum or to empty the mind as it is
done in eastern religions is dangerous and
may open the mind to demonic attack, so meditating
on error drawn from a misunderstanding of
a passage can lead to unhappy results.
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of the Bible. But newer translations are
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Watch your thoughts; they become words."... We are to “stand firm
in one spirit, with one mind striving together
for the faith of the gospel” (Rom. 12:16; Phil. 2:5; 1:27). But if my thoughts are contrary to God’s,
then I must exchange my thinking with God’s
and for that process, He has given us His
inspired, inerrant, and authoritative Word.
So what is our need? We are to study the
Scripture.."... see this text below...
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
- "...This week, observe your corner
of creation and find ways
to express your gratitude to God
for the wonder of life.
Visiting the Very Beginning
Key Passage: Read Genesis 1 and 2
In the beginning God created the
heavens and the earth (Gen. 1:1).
Everything began with Someone who
has no beginning. That makes so much
more sense than saying that everything
began with nothing, doesn’t it? The
doesn’t start with an argument; it
with a statement of fact. God created
everything. Whether or not we accept the
Bible’s first statement of fact doesn’t
affect the truth of the statement, but that
decision affects us very much. If we leave
God out of the beginning, then He doesn’t
really fit anywhere else, either..." ... read more..
"... Growing up I knew there was God, I was tought
to have faith. But going forward in life,
in my life, I never gave God a lot of thought
with regard to asking or receiving anything.
Church was something I'd left behind.
As time passed, my life took turns for the
worse. It is my belief that ... it is written
somewhere else on my website: God seldom
becomes a reality, until God becomes a necessity. That was really what happened for me in
my life. An illness brought me to my knees:
I believe it is what can frequently happen;
we are brought to our knees in one way or
another, if we're lucky, in order for
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- "...Though each of us defines "emotional
balance" a little differently, all of
us must find it. Emotional balance can mean
finding and maintaining a positive outlook on life, regardless of what may
be happening around us. To some, it might
mean an understanding of our emotions that
allows us to respond, not react, to our feelings.
It can mean that we experience our feelings
as intensely as we can while also moderating
their excessive expression. Emotional balance
comes with practice in prayer and meditation.
We get quiet and share our thoughts and hopes
and concerns with the God of our understanding.
Then we listen ..." more...
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