Today in some Christian circles, the word "meditation" has taken on a bad
connotation. Of course it's not a conducive to growth as a Christian, for
us to "totally empty" our minds or chant some meaningless mantra. But true
meditation, in the Biblical sense of the word, is not only "okay;" God expects
us to do it.
Joshua 1:8-9 (NAS) This book of the law shall not depart
from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you
may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you
will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Have I not
commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for
the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
Psa. 77:11-12 (NAS) I shall remember the deeds of the
LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will meditate on all
Your work And muse on Your deeds.
Psa. 119:14-16 (NAS) I have rejoiced in the way of Your
testimonies, As much as in all riches. I will meditate on Your precepts And
regard Your ways. I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your
Psa. 143:5 (NAS) I remember the days of old; I meditate
on all Your doings; I muse on the work of Your hands.
Psa. 77:5-6 (RSV) I consider the days of old, I remember
the years long ago. I commune with my heart in the night; I meditate and
search my spirit.
Phil 4:8 (RSV) Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever
is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever
is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things.