Here’s a post I wrote for LifeWay Women.
We often think of meditation as something done in yoga studios, with crossed legs, and choruses of “Om,” but that’s not the biblical definition of the word. In the Bible, instead of clearing our heads of everything, we are told to meditate on the Word of God.
I will meditate on Your precepts
and think about Your ways.
16 I will delight in Your statutes;
I will not forget Your word.
And Joshua 1:8:
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (ESV)
And 1 Timothy 4:15:
Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. (NKJV)
There are several words our English Bibles translate into the word meditate. Most of them mean to ponder, to speak, to attend carefully. In order to meditate, the Bible requires us tothink. We are to think about the truths found in God’s Word (Joshua 1:8), in His character (Psalm 77:11-12), and on things that are lovely, admirable, praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). We are to take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5).
If you are like me, you’re now saying, “But, how? How do I meditate?”