Meditation is one of those words that can have a strange vibe, and it can mean a lot of different things to folks. However, one of the most effective ways to travel from knowledge to core-belief is to meditate thoughtfully on God’s Word. Meditation is worship that ponders giving time for truth to penetrate. It simply means to attend to, to practice, be diligent in, to ponder or imagine.
How do we get hold of this idea of meditation? Will it involve convoluted body positions or ummm…. strange sounds? Many theological books have been written on the subject, but for today, let’s keep it simple.
- Meditation dwells on truth, a bit like worry dwells on problems. Thoughts of worry can spin like a merry-go-round. Around and around they fly, faster and faster, gaining momentum. If you know how to worry, you know how to meditate–replace your concern with God’s truth and hang on until your mind stops spinning. Hang on to truth and get more of God.
- Meditation works like pulling taffy. Mentally stretch and pull back and forth, until the candy (understanding) is the desired consistency. It takes a little spiritual muscle to pull truth.
- Meditation rocks in a chair by the fire. Sink into a verse like a comfortable chair and let the meaning of the words rock back and forth in the rhythm of holy listening. Prayerfully read the verse several times, emphasizing different words or phrases each time.
- Meditation ponders truth like following a garden path, stepping over stones one by one. The path curves deeper into the delights of the garden. Meditating on the paths of truth, follow the Holy Spirit who leads the way to discovery and freedom.
- Meditation treasures truth like a scrapbook stores cherished memories: take time to collect truths and experiences that God has worked in your life. Paste them in your heart or even in the pages of a book, set aside as special and significant, pictures of God’s truth and grace in your life.
- Meditation lights the candle of our hearts. We make our hearts ready for the light of understanding to transform dark corners of unbelief, resistance, or confusion. The Holy Spirit creates light in every place we make ourselves available to receive. Holy fire brings clarity of inspiration, power to move and believe and grow and change.
- Meditation soaks truth like a sponge, absorbing living water for the soul. Saturated and full, we are soaked through with God’s words.
- Meditation writes truth on the tablet of our lives. Journal connections and observations. Pressing pen to page, ask questions and stop to think and listen. Journaling meditation stands on the watchtower, ready and waiting to see what God will say.
- Meditation walks through the doorway to enter deeper into Christ. Meditation opens the door to understanding and obedience takes us all the way in. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20.)
Hopefully these simple images will inspire you to think about meditating on Scripture in new ways. What images and comparisons can you add to this list? I’d love to know what you think. Leave a comment and continue the conversation.
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