I Was Just Thinking About – MEDITATION.
In the twenty-first century, how many people make it a priority to meditate upon the Word of God? Does the “Church” today recognize the need and place for Biblical Meditation? If so, how often must a Biblical Christian meditate. Meditation defined means: “continued or extended thought; contemplation; self-examination; reflection; introspection.” Philippians 4:8-9 is a guideline for one's thought-life: "whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think on these things...put these things into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."
From a secular viewpoint, the 21st century approach is encapsulated in a Today Show correspondent’s debacle in October 2016 when explicit sexual comments were aired. It resulted in the correspondent’s termination from the Today Show and affiliation with the NBC Network. What did this reporter do after his termination? He indicated: I attended a seminar and was told: “One moment in your life does not define who you are.” He went on to say: I’ve done a lot of reading. I've gotten into a lot of meditation and yoga. Mindfulness meditation is a powerful thing.”
There are various secular forms and approaches of meditation. One, without definition, is OM. It is considered to represent the primal or primordial sound of the Universe, OM connects one to and carries the Divine in vibrational form, making one’s prayers and mantras more effective with its increased energy. It would be most common among eastern religions. There is also the TM school of thought (Transcendental Meditation) that suggests: A specific form of silent mantra meditation.
One’s Spiritual focus and understanding should minimally include: “The Hebrew word for Meditate is “hagah”. It is a word indicating the place and need of true consideration and reflection upon core values and foundational principles of Biblical/Spiritual truths. Biblical meditation is to focus the mind more on a particular subject. The objective for biblical meditation is making the Word and Person of God a reality in your life. To meditate on God's Word means one thinks about it repeatedly, filling one’s mind and mouth with it. Biblical meditation is about thinking, pondering, imagining, muttering, and speaking the Word of God.”
For a strict spiritual and Biblical practice of meditation from God’s perspective, we find it established in Joshua 1:7-8, “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Also in, Psalm 1:1-3, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his Law day and night.” Is this your habit and daily practice?
Prayerfully – consider these things with me.-->