“Blessed is the one…whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither-whatever they do prospers.” (Psalm 1:1-3)
The word meditation is scary for some people—it brings to mind images of crystals, lotus positions and mystical rituals. But that’s not what the Bible means when it uses the word. The word “meditate” simply means “to chew.” When you chew on something you turn it over and over until it breaks down enough to digest. This is what God wants us to do with His Word—turn it over and over in our minds as the Holy Spirit helps us interpret and process it.
One of the reasons some of us are put off by meditation is because the Eastern version focuses on staring off into space as you empty your mind. But biblical meditation isn’t about emptying your mind – it’s about filling it with God’s Word.
Any given day we fill out minds with a lot of things—to-do lists, worries, complaints, and the latest viral YouTube video to hit the web. But focusing on those things all day long has our mind racing all over the place.
Trust me, if you can worry, you can meditate. The first uses lies and fear to break you down emotionally before anything has even happened. The second takes the timeless truth of God’s Word, fills you with perspective and gratitude and builds you up not because of your circumstances, but because of the goodness of God. When we delight in God’s Word and fill our minds with it, the Bible says we stay planted and bear fruit for His Kingdom.
Prayer: God, I thank you for the nearness of Your presence as we delight in Your Word. When life’s challenges today tempt me to worry, anger, or fear, may I meditate and stand on Your promises instead. Amen.