(We have taken this content from UCB Uk’s site, in the good faith that our readers will benefit from true, edifying meditation- and not the mystic fad of getting rid of their mind. – Editor)
Meditating in Scripture is one of the great keys to spiritual growth. In Psalm 1, David writes, ‘In His law he meditates day and night’ (Psalm 1:2 NKJV). But the word ‘meditation’ is not one that a text-and-Twitter generation relates to very well. We imagine sober-faced monks wearing hair shirts and chanting on bended knees as the sun comes up every morning. As a result, we want to run in the opposite direction. We admire such people, think God has to call us to such a thing, and conclude that He certainly hasn’t called us to do it. Or we think meditation is a discipline that requires hours of uninterrupted time, and time is the one thing we don’t have any more of.
And the result? We live busy but spiritually barren lives. Some of us actually think meditation is a fine thing, but we believe that there are too many other areas of spiritual growth and character development we need to work on first. What’s the problem? We don’t understand what it means to meditate, or the rich benefits it will give us. A spoon of instant coffee is okay if you just want the basic taste of coffee. But if you want more – if you want to enjoy the flavours of the coffee in all their richness – you have to let it percolate. So, we could paraphrase the Scripture this way: ‘In His law he percolates day and night.’ That is what Paul meant here: ‘Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.’ Today, enjoy the aroma, taste the flavour, and experience the strength.
Bible meditation is different from meditation as we know it in our society. Meditation, as popularly taught by the Eastern philosophies, tells you to empty your mind. That’s the exact opposite of what the Scriptures say! Bible meditation means filling your mind with the truth God has revealed. David was a king. Imagine the pressures and problems, demands and decisions he faced each day. Yet he said, ‘Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.’
Have you observed that we waste an awful lot of time doing mundane things such as holding on the phone, queueing, driving to work? In big cities, people often spend an hour or more going to work, and the same coming home. That’s ten hours a week. Forty hours a month. Four hundred and eighty hours a year. That’s an extraordinary amount of time! The question is, what are you doing with your mind during this time? Just driving along with your mind in neutral? Or listening to the radio or a CD or music on your smartphone? Or getting angry at all the drivers around you? What a great time to get your mind in gear! What an opportunity to grow spiritually and mentally! What exercise does for your body, meditation does for your soul.
The Bible says, ‘For as he thinks in his heart, so is he’ (Proverbs 23:7 NKJV). A sign on someone’s office wall read: ‘You are not what you think you are. But what you think – you are!’ If you want your life to be different, start thinking different thoughts; meditate on God’s Word!
Nepali version audio/video can be listened and watched here, by the courtesy of Message of Hope Nepal (MOHN): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LXYBpCkBj4