What It Means To Meditate

You may not realize it but there is a significant difference between fact and truth. The truth in God’s Word is more than just fact. For instance, a theological fact remains totally unassociated and detached from a person’s life; whereas God’s truth is alive, creative, and life-changing.

When we begin to allow the Word of God to mold our thoughts and activities, we will start moving out of a mere life of theological fact and into a spiritual, life-giving understanding of truth from God.

Meditation in the Word of God is one of the greatest keys to obtaining and understanding truth in our lives.

While some Eastern religions teach that meditation is allowing our minds to become completely blank and empty, that is not even slightly close to the true meaning of meditation from God’s perspective. In fact, it’s almost the opposite. God’s definition of meditation is to fill our thoughts with the thoughts of God, to allow ourselves to be consumed with the things God has said. When we become consumed with what He has said, it becomes effortless to do the things He said to do.

Notice what the Psalmist David said are some of the benefits we will obtain from meditating on God’s Word:

“I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation” (Psalm 119:99).

“The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple” (Psalm 119:130).

One thing is certain, God never intended for meditation to merely produce more knowledge. Instead, His true intention was that after meditating His Word we will receive a greater understanding of God, of His ways, and how to activate His Word.

Once we begin a regular habit of meditating the Word of God and not just reading it, we will receive insight and an understanding of how to walk in the principles that He reveals to us.

Joshua 1:8 is a classic scripture on the subject of meditation. Notice what Joshua describes will happen when we make a daily practice of meditating God’s Word:

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe 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.”

One purpose of meditation is to put us in a position which will enable us to “do” God’s Word, not just hear it. Joshua said meditating on God’s Word day and night will cause us to “observe to do” all that is written. Notice, we must observe or see something before we can do it. As we meditate on the promise of God, we will see things in the Word that we have never seen before, even though we may have read it before. And the revelation knowledge that comes from meditation will enable us to act according to what we have seen.

True meditation will bring us to the place of responding to God’s Word with action. And true Bible faith demands that we take action. Begin meditating on God’s Word and expect to see what to do about the situations you face today.

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