Basically Christian meditation is…



We aim to fill our mind with the things of God. 

Great depth

In everyday usage the word “meditation” is the activity of thinking about something in great depth. The British are becoming more and more open to spiritual and health based uses of meditation, unfortunately these seem not to include Christian meditation. In fact Christian meditation is rarely spoken of even amongst Christians yet it is evident in the Bible and throughout Christian history it has enriched the lives of those who have practiced it.

When people think about meditation it is most likely that thoughts of sitting cross-legged on the floor come to mind. These are images we see regularly on TV and in other visual media. Yet the floor is not the starting place for Christian meditation.

It is my understanding that many of the meditative practices which originated in the East involve controlling and emptying the mind. In Christianity we never want to do that, we aim to fill our mind with the things of God instead and to think about Him in great depth.



Our meditations should touch us in a heartfelt, rather than simply knowing, manner.



A biblical starting point

Let’s look at some things we can learn about meditation from the Bible. Most of what we see of meditation in Scripture is in the Psalms.

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight.” Psalms ch 19 v14.

First of all we can notice that meditation is separate from speaking. We see that it is an internal activity which is linked to “heart”. I have said that meditation is the activity of thinking about something in great depth. We know that thinking actually takes place in our heads but the heart is representative of our inner being—our deepest most precious and personal self. Our meditations should touch us in a heartfelt, rather than simply knowing, manner.

Second we can see from this verse that meditation can become distorted into something that is not pleasing to God—otherwise why pray this prayer? All good things that God has “invented” are under attack from Satan. The Bible exposes him as “the deceiver” and he has a counterfeit at the ready that he will try to deceive us into engaging in rather than God’s original. May I encourage you to constantly bring all your practices and habits before God so that He can expose and renew any unhealthy acts.









Choose something simple.

What should we think about?

So what should we be thinking about? Psalm 119, the longest of all the Psalms and indeed the longest of all the chapters of the Bible, says much about meditation. Primarily, but not exclusively, Christian meditation begins with scripture. We meditate on God’s laws and instructions (eg Psalm 119 v15 & 23), on Gods promises (Psalm 119 v148), and on God’s works in the past (Psalm 143 v5). All these we find in The Bible. We may venture away from scripture (although it is our starting point) when we think upon what God has done in history since the Bible was written or what God has done in our own lives. We may look to the writings of great Christians of the past who may help us understand Christian truths. We may muse upon Gods creation and the ways that it points us to His glory.

A quick suggestion to get going with is that the key to effective Christian meditation is to choose something simple to think upon like a short verse or single Christian truth. We are aiming to think deeply about it so decide to keep that at the front of your mind throughout the day or week or stop all activity and focus exclusively on it for a time (or both!)

I haven't touched on the purpose of Christian meditation and there is much more to say on the whole subject so I hope you will seek more information to engage in this activity and enrich your Christian life. May God bless you.

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