The Art of Meditation

Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”

With the age and rise of technology, we have been swept away with the many gizmos and gadgets that stream information to our minds. Companies are still seeking ways to have things thrust in our face that they might be the first to capitalize on the new idea.

What we have totally missed is this art and ability to meditate. No, I am not referring to eastern mysticism, Zen, or any such thing. But the ability to center your thoughts for a period of time; to quiet all that is going on and focus on our relationship with our Heavenly Father seems to be a lost art.

The television has so conditioned us to expect a break in the stream of information called a commercial, that even when listening to a sermon, people cannot focus without having to get up in the middle to go to the restroom. It is almost Pavlovian when you think of it. But I digress…

If you had a block of time with no other distractions or interruptions, could you allot that time to reflecting on the scripture you just read this morning? In prayer; could you focus your attention on just Who it is you are speaking to and feel the awe and reverence of coming into His very near presence?

If the answer to these questions causes you to wonder if you could, try it – see if you have the ability to stay focused and “in the moment”. The prayer of the psalmist suggests that his thoughts often wander and need the guidance and direction of God to keep them “in the moment”. The Word of God has much to say of the power and benefits of meditation.

Joshua 1:8 “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

Allowing the Word to permeate our minds and thinking; submitting to its instruction, commands and promises brings rewards of success and prosperity.

Psalm 1:1-3 “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.”

When meditation is a daily practice, we will not be easily shaken or so soon removed from our faith. Our roots will be in God and the fruit of our lives will be such that others will see and wonder.

Psalm 39:3 “My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,”

Psalm 77:12 “I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.”

When we meditate, God can guide and direct our thoughts to kindle a fire, a passion for His Word, His touch and His presence. In turn, we cannot help but speak of the things which we have seen and heard.

Psalm 63:6 “When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.”

Our sleep can be sweet when we go to bed thinking about and speaking with God.

Psalm 104:34 “My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.”

Often, I can alter a bad mood by just gaining a new perspective. Thinking on Him who is eternal and His love for me can remove many obstacles to clear thinking. It may bring a tear of joy or a smile to my face and even praise to my lips. Often, in meditation, I get overwhelmed with His goodness that thanksgiving flows from my lips.

1 Timothy 4:15 “Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.”

Paul instructed Timothy as a young pastor how to approach the ministry. Truly you and I are no different. Each of us has been given a ministry and a flock to tend. It may be your home, your neighborhood, your workplace, your classroom or your family.

You set out every day into that ministry – with what?

Meditation allows us the opportunity to face that mountain or that valley with the peace of knowing that God is with me and nothing is impossible.

Mark 10:27 “And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.”

Meditation on God’s Word calms my mind. Listening to godly music calms my emotions. But it is the presence of God and the voice of His sweet Spirit that emboldens and empowers me to act. That which I see as impossible becomes possible when I know that God is with me.

May your day today be one of sweet meditation on the things that God has blessed you with in His presence and in His Word.

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