What is Meditation According to the Bible?
According to the Bible, the concept of meditation has been conceptualized by all the religions, and also we’ve lost a significant and meaningful way of interacting with Scripture. The Bible specifies 23 occurrences of some translation of meditating: 19 of them appear in the religious book “Psalms,” and of the 23, 20 refer specifically to meditating on the Lord in some way. We are told to meditate on his actions, law, or testimonies – all of which are found in his Word.
Several words in the Bible translate as a form of meditating, depending on their context, including speaks utter, study, imagine and muse. True, meditation is a tool of learning which we should use it with care, biblical understanding, and respect.
In Bible Meditation implies wonder and thought, remembering the Lord in all his glory and pondering him in his fullness:-
“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God?” (Psalm 77:11-13)
Here are the Difference between Meditation and Reading According to Bible:-
•When we do our daily Bible reading, we’re acknowledging and strengthening our communion with God.
•In that regard, our daily reading and Scripture meditation is the same.
•Bible meditation also shares a similarity with Bible study; like Bible study, it’s meant to take a lingering look into specific aspects and contexts of Scripture.
•Bible meditation is learning to savor every morsel of God’s rich, vibrant, life-giving Scripture.
•Where daily reading is our regular nourishment in God’s Word, and Bible study is meant to deepen our understanding of that nourishment,
•Bible meditation is learning to savor every morsel of God’s precious, vibrant, life-giving Scripture:-
In the way of your testimonies, I delight as much as in all riches. I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.” (Psalm 119:14-16)
Think of Bible meditation like slowly enjoying a piece of chocolate, letting it melt in your mouth, paying close attention to every nuance of flavor and texture. Like a profound experience with well-made food, meditation brings delight in God’s holy testimonies and character, and that delight inspires even more meditation on his Word.
While Bible study educates and convinces the mind, Bible meditation persuades and entices the heart. In the hardest times, I mull over what God has said, reminding myself of his justice and goodness; this settles my soul and turns my eyes from my immediate troubles to his eternal grace.