This has actually been referred to as the digestive system capacity of the spirit; which aids you so you are able to comprehend what the words mean and they become a part of you just like food does.
One way to see this is actually to picture your hand. Look at your fingers, they represent ways you learn the Word of God:
- Bible Study
- Memorizing Scripture
A devotional practice with powerful implications
So may the words of my mouth, my meditation-thoughts,and every movement of my heart be always pure and pleasing,acceptable before your eyes,my only Redeemer, my Protector-God. Psalm 19:4
THE DEVOTIONAL PRACTICE OF BIBLICAL MEDITATION
One meaning of Scriptural meditation is actually “the technique of pondering,thinking about, and also reflecting on Scripture.”
J. Packer says this, “It is an activity of holy thought, consciously performed in the presence of God, under the eye of God, by the help of God, as a means of communion with God. Its purpose is to clear one’s mental and spiritual vision of God and to let His truth make its full and proper impact on one’s mind and heart.”
It is clear that those who make Biblical Meditation a habitual practice, have deep and rewarding experiences with the Lord. It is my desire to draw close to the Lord, to hear His voice through His Word and by the Holy Spirit, both as preparation for prayer but also as a means of being Spirit-led.
When a person meditates on the Word of God, their mind will be full of deep thoughts about God, His character and His ways, forgetting about themselves. This is very different from Transcendental Meditation that encourages the emptying of one’s mind of thoughts but is inevitably focused on self.
BIBLICAL REFERENCES TO MEDITATION
There are just 21 specific uses of the words practice meditation or meditate in the Bible (NIV). Here are some essential ones:
- 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. Joshua 1:8
- Blessed is the one … whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on His law day and night. Psalm 1:1-2
- Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love. Psalm 48:9
- My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the meditation of My heart will give you understanding. Psalm 49:3
- May my meditation be pleasing to Him, as I rejoice in the Lord. Psalm 104:34
- Oh, how I love Your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on Your statutes. Psalm 119:97-99
The principle of waiting on the Lord, seeking Him, resting in His presence, communing with Him, considering Him and His words, seeking, feasting on His word and so on, is woven throughout the Bible. Here are simply a couple of examples or pictures of this:
- The daily gathering of manna according to need. Exodus 16:4
- I delight to sit in His shade, and His fruit is sweet to my taste. Let Him lead me to the banquet hall, and let His banner over me be love. Song of Solomon 2:3-4
- Moreover He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” So I opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat that scroll. And He said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly, and fill your stomach with this scroll that I give you.” So I ate, and it was in my mouth like honey in sweetness. Ezekiel 3:1-3
- Disciples on the road to Emmaus: When He was at the table with them, He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him, and He disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:30-32
- Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Revelation 3:20
There are a lot more examples than this. You can take pleasure in trying to find them for yourself as you go through the Bible. For sure you will discover that meditating on the Word of God is completely scriptural!