Meditation has been medically proven to reduce stress, create calmness and inner peace, and even eliminate or reduce the symptoms of many illnesses. Just for this reason alone, meditation should be a part of a healthy lifestyle. Even though meditation is a fairly old practice it’s a new concept for the modern day believer. Many believers grew up believing that Christian meditation was ungodly or dangerous. But if you were to do a thorough research, you would find that this just isn’t true. In reality, the most compelling reason for Christian meditation is the Bible itself. The scriptures that tell us that great success comes from meditating on Christ (Joshua 1:8) or Psalms 46:10 that declares it is through stillness that we come to know God.
Meditation is simply pondering and focusing on the things of God, like His Word, Nature, and even the presence of God in our hearts. Western Christianity is often afraid of being overly “deep” or “spiritual” and we have a tendency to forget that God IS DEEP and SPIRITUAL. God is a supernatural God that wants to bless us in supernatural ways. We put limits on God with our traditions and fears of the unknown.
Christian Meditation is different than traditional meditation in that believers are meditating on the Lord Jesus Christ. As believers, we are encouraged to meditate. Joshua 1:8 declares, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Psalms tells us to meditate on God’s love, mighty deeds, and decrees. (Psalms 48:9, 77:12, 119:23)
Rev. Dr. Mark H. Stevens