There are countless controversies surrounding meditation with the more common issues involving traveling to the “dark side,” the questions of stirring psychosis and manic depression, and the idea that meditation simply does not work.
However, did you know that meditation is found in God’s Word? Part of Psalm 1:1-3 says, “And in His law he meditates day and night” while Psalm 103:34 says, “Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; as for me, I shall be glad in the Lord.”
Meditation is part of being a Christian; it is a commandment and found in many other passages in the Bible including Joshua 1:8 which says that Christians need to meditate day and night. Since meditation is not exclusive to Christianity, it is misunderstood and misused.
The Christian way to meditate is to ponder or contemplate on God’s Word. Historically, meditation during the 4th century meant to go through 4 stages: reading, discursive meditation, affective prayer, and then contemplation. With the New Age and other forms of meditation, you are asked to focus on the principles and beliefs of that religious philosophy like transcendental meditation (TM) is rooted in Hinduism as the founder of TM was a Hindu, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Meditation: God’s Way
When you meditate on God’s Word, you begin to transform your life. It isn’t the meditation that transforms you (which is a common mistake by many) but the time you spend thinking of the message of God through the Bible. Thus, meditation is a means just like oral or group prayer. The beauty of meditation is that you are able to commune with God in a very personal way that will leave you inspired, strengthened, and feeling renewed.
Meditation has the sobering effect of quieting your heart and taking you out of this earthly world for a few minutes. It will help you refocus your life away from the problems of the world so you can look at them objectively and be guided by the Words from God. For this reason, the choice of Biblical passage becomes a crucial part of your meditation because you can address your most pressing concerns during your meditation.