Sometimes we need to slow down, take a deep breath, and get in touch with our inner being, our soul. There are times when we need to be still, but being still and doing nothing are two very different things. Today I am talking about meditation.
“Being still and doing nothing, are two very different things.” – The Karate Kid, 2010
Meditation is the deliberate act of being still and communing with the Spirit of God. Christian meditation is to be still, and to know and experience that He is God. We find many Bible passages referring to meditation, there are 32, and most of those are found in the Book of Psalms where there are 24. The very first psalm tells us the nature and character of a person who is blessed of God: “his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night”.
In Psalm 119 the psalmist clearly outlines meditation and the benefits of it.
97 Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.
98 You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; for they are ever with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep Your precepts.
101 I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep Your word.
102 I have not departed from Your judgments, for You Yourself have taught me.
103 How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way.
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
MEDITATION ⇒ OBEDIENCE ⇒ WISDOM ⇒ SWEETNESS ⇒ TRUTH ⇒ GUIDANCE
The Apostle Paul knew this and it was his prayer that the saints in Ephesus would also know this. He also knew that such a discipline would lead to a deep relationship with God and the revelation of Jesus Christ. This is what he prayed for the Ephesians, and it is how we must pray today.
“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height, and to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
The purpose of Eastern-style meditation is to empty one’s self, but that leaves you empty. The purpose of Christian meditation is to empty one’s self of the things of this world, and then to fill us up with the things of God. The be strengthened by having more of His Spirit within us. And we do this by being still, and it is far from doing nothing. When we still our soul, and meditate, dwelling upon the word and testimony of God, it is then when we can know God. See Psalm 46:10.