Biblical meditation is our quiet time with God. This does not mean we must always be alone in a quiet place to meditate on the Lord and His Word. We can find the quietness of the Holy Spirit’s presence in the midst of the bustle of our day. However, we should seek times of solitude in quiet places to pray and seek the mind of the Lord as a regular practice. This is how meditation is such a vital part of praying in the Spirit. The Lord trains us to pursue His personal direction through waiting, patience and prayer. He slows us down and protects us from making knee-jerk reactions and impulsive decisions.
The proper state of biblical meditation is a pure heart and a spiritual mind, and unlike meditation taught from other religions, it does not focus upon body posture. When we keep our sins confessed up to date, we maintain a pure heart. When we pursue God’s truth and wisdom, we maintain a spiritual mind. From a pure heart and spiritual mind, we can have confidence about the Holy Spirit’s leading because we seek no agenda or purpose but to do God’s will. We also understand that we are created for His purposes and plans. When we maintain a pure heart and walk spiritually minded, we will desire to know and remain faithful to God’s will—not ours.
Biblical meditation is a state of the heart which involves quietness of our soul. It does not mean passivity where the mind is dormant and without reasoning. Instead, this quietness is inner stillness that is free from anxiety and the craving desires of the flesh. Our mind is alert, but refrained from actions in other directions, including healthy ones, in order to pray and pursue understanding from God. In this quietness, the mind is awake to every function in our environment, but it is directed toward communion with the Lord.
It is a healthy practice for believers to have a regular time of quiet meditation in a place of quietness. Once we discipline ourselves to practice this time of quietness on a daily basis, we will not forfeit it because of the enormous benefit it becomes to our walk.
King David, in the first Psalm, describes meditation and the benefits of it.
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” (Psa. 1:1-3)
In this passage, David mentions seven benefits of biblical meditation.
- Not walking in the counsel of the ungodly.
- Not standing in the way of sinners.
- Not sitting in the seat of the scornful.
- We will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, having deep roots in the love of God. We will always enjoying a fresh flow of the Holy Spirit.
- We will bear fruit in our season.
- Our leaves and their fruit will not fade in the heated trials of life.
- Everything we do, because we are submitted to the will of God, will prosper.
These are powerful promises to us if we spend time meditating on God’s Word. Like Gideon’s fleece, let us lay ourselves purely and quietly before the Lord in prayer, and allow Him to pour the dew of heaven upon our life.