We live in a very fast world. There is always something new to hear, to read, or to see. With all of the electronics, which I confess that I am digitally connected, it is very difficult to just be still. To be still and think, and meditate. I like to find a time every day for this. I live in a very quiet place in the country. My study is a great environment for this type of thing. I can look out of my big windows and see nothing but God’s creation. Today, I would like to talk a little about meditation.
There is a lot said today of transcendental mediation, and yoga. These are practices where your minds are just emptied. I guess where some type of quietness just dissipates all of your cosmic thoughts. I have to say that I have never tried any of this. I know myself better than anybody, but God, and my mind is never empty. It is always working. Maybe working isn’t the proper word, but you get the idea. When the Bible speaks of meditation, it is speaking of something quite different.
The word meditate is first used in Scripture in Gen. 24:63. “And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening”. Now, we need to ask ourselves exactly what was Isaac doing? Did he just need some peace and quiet. Was he trying to just get away from all the chatter around the house? Sometimes that’s not a bad idea. We all need peace and quiet at times. No, Isaac was out meditating on a very specific thing. He was waiting for his new wife. He had never seen her, he wasn’t even sure if she was on her way. In fact, he didn’t even know if one had been selected for him yet, or if one would be selected. But he did know that Abraham, his father, had sent his chief servant to the “old country” to select one for him. Months had probably passed. And he was probably just ruminating in his mind every thing about what she may be like, and how wonderful she was going to be. Isaac had a very specific thought. Hopefully, of his wife to be.
The next place in Scripture where the word meditate is used is in Joshua 1:8. “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night”. Again, we see here that meditation is directed to a very specific thing. The Word of God. It is here that the believer of the Lord Jesus Christ should focus, or meditate. I can think of 4 objectives for our meditation.
1) For worship. It is designed to focus on our Lord and His mighty works. “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple”. (Ps.27:4) It is to be a time in our lives for communion with God. Just for Him. Nothing else.
2) For instruction. It is designed to improve our understanding of the Word and God’s ways. “My mouth shall speak wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding”. (Ps. 49:3) Understanding comes from the meditations of the heart. We exchange our thoughts with God’s in meditation.
3) For motivation and encouragement. Meditation is designed to motivate and inspire us in service, and courage, to do the works that God has called us to. (Josh. 1:7-8)
4) For transformation. Meditation is designed to transform and change our lives. “I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. (Psalm 119:15)
I hope that these words may be a reminder to some, to just slow down a bit, take a little time, and meditate. Feed your soul. And just in case you don’t know how Isaac’s meditation turned out; the very next verse says “and he lifted up his eyes and saw” (Gen. 24:63). What did he see? Isaac saw a camel coming, and on that camel was a beautiful girl. Her name was Rebekah. She was the bride that his father had sent for. Isaac got his girl! If you learn to meditate on Scripture, I believe that you will find your God!