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What is Christian meditation?

Answer: The biblical passages that use the phrase "Christian meditation" are few. Both words "meditate" and "meditation" are found about eighteen times in the Old Testament. There are basically two Hebrew words which are translated "meditate," found in Genesis 24:63; Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2; 63:6; 77:12; 119:15, 23, 48, 148; and 143:5. The Hebrew word "hagah" is given the meaning in the context of these verses to "ponder, imagine, meditate, mourn, speak, study, talk, utter, etc." Further meaning of meditation is given in the Hebrew word "aiyach" when it is used to mean "to ponder, to converse with oneself, and hence aloud; to utter or commune, complain, declare, meditate, muse, pray, speak, talk with (God in prayer, etc.) or it could be with another believer or group of believers--speaking one's thoughts about a passage of Scripture or words to a hymn, etc.

The word meditation is used in Psalm 5:1; 19:14; 49:3; 104:34; 119:97, 99. A familiar verse in Psalm 19:14 states, "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight..." He asks that his words and thoughts be equal. Words of the mouth are a sham if they are not backed up by meditation of the heart.

A passage in the New Testament gives an even greater meaning as to application of this word "meditate (meditation)." The Greek word used is "meletao" which means "to take care of" or "resolve in your mind" to do these things. This verse is 1 Timothy 4:15: "Meditate upon these things (preceding verses): give thyself wholly to them;..." Paul clarifies the words "save thyself...and others" in verse 16. "Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee." Taking heed unto the Word of God (doctrine), you will not be "giving heed...to doctrines of devils" (verse 1). This seems to be the contextual meaning of "save thyself." The hearers also will be saved from "giving heed to seducing spirits."

As you can see, then, true Christian meditation is an active thought (thinking, resolving) process whereby one gives himself to study of the Word, praying over it, asking God to give you understanding by the Spirit, putting it into practice in daily life, and allowing it (the Scriptures) become the rule for life and practice as you go about your daily activities. This causes spiritual growth and maturing in the things of God as taught you by His Holy Spirit indwelling you as a believer.


May your Christian Meditation bless you with love and peace of mind.


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