Tremble, and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Psalm 4:4
Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Ephesians 5:10
King David was a mighty man of prayer. He left us a beautiful dialogue between Father and child. Many times during his life he meditated on the truth of God and poured his heart out to the Lord. Abundant wisdom is found in these covenant conversations. The book of Psalms is an endless example of kingdom advancing communication. I love the word of God but the question is can we connect with the Father the same way today? How do we carefully determine what pleases the Lord? King David surrendered before the Lord, meditated on His word, and actively responded to His voice.
The goal of Christian meditation is to internalize and personalize the Scripture so that its truth can affect how we think, our attitudes, and how we live, our actions. (Bible.org)
First biblical meditation requires action. God longs to partner with His children on earth. We cannot respond to His voice if we are not available to hear it. Protected prayer is vital as it places a specific spot in our life to meet with the Lord. Alone, and focused on Him, meditating on His word, we open the door to hear His voice. Then we do what He says. "But don't just listen to God's word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselve"(James 1:22).
Secondly biblical meditation is a process of practicing the things of God. When we practice something it takes focused dedication. Most things in life to be mastered require many hours of practice and protected time. Meditating on the word of God is contemplative, reflective and it requires concentration. Protected prayer positions us to keep moving forward, faithfully pursuing the presence of the Father. Without carving out time alone with the Lord we may spout off scripture but forget to connect with His heart. As followers of Christ our goal is to be more like Him each day. 2 Corinthians 3:18 States "So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image."
Thirdly we practice the things of God regardless of how they have been distorted by the world. The world has tried to steal the word "meditation" and define it in a way that causes Christians not to embrace the practice. But I believe in the biblical definition of meditation. Psalm 1:2 says "But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night". Satan uses counterfeits to taint the truth and stop us from practicing the wisdom of God. I realize there are doctrines opening the door to hell using meditation but I will not stop delighting in the law of the Lord and meditating on it day and night! We fight back when we refuse to accept the counterfeits and stand strong in the authentic ways of the WORD! Our steps are secure and responding to God's voice, not the ways of the world.
Arranging life to prioritize time with Lord opens our ears to hear His voice. Aligning our thoughts to hear His word ushers in clarity and revelation. Emptying our human reasoning in His presence replaces it with heaven's wisdom. Then we can advance, partnering with what we hear Him say in the secret place. Meditation is an act of connecting with the supernatural God who longs to commune with His children on earth. Instead of cowering to the definition of the world let's stand strong in the power of His might and meditate on His word day and night.
"King David said this about him: 'I see that the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me." Acts 2:25
Meditating on the things of God places Him always before us and grounds us in the courage and power of the Holy Spirit and truth in His word.
Protect time in prayer and weave the word of God into daily life!