[PC-USA] 2000-08-27 - Passages About Meditation

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 word.

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.