Biblical Meditation

Duane Vander Klok

Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

Psalm 1:1-3

We have been talking about how to grow deeper in your relationship with God, and began by talking about glorifying God and being thankful to Him. The third step is to manage your imagination and thoughts.

Romans 1:21 describes “becoming vain in imagination or futile in thoughts” as moving away from God. This does not mean that your thoughts and imagination are not working, but rather that they are working against you! Your imagination can work for you or against you, and when it is used incorrectly, it can lead you toward sin and away from God. Know that you will move in the direction of your dominant thoughts – whatever has control in your mind will also influence your actions. You may have wondered why it is so important to read God’s Word every day. When His Word is working in your thoughts and imagination, you will move toward God instead of away from Him.

We live in a society that does not believe in absolute truth, but God’s Word is absolute truth in every way. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. As you meditate on God’s Word, it’s going to correct your thinking, show you the truth, expose rebellion, and show you how to live God’s way and allow you to live His purpose for your life.

So how can we meditate on God’s Word effectively? The word “meditation” has been used by Eastern religions to mean emptying your mind, but Biblical meditation is much different. God wants you to fill your mind with His Word! The thoughts that you allow into your mind are like seeds. You are either planting seeds that will honor God or seeds that will lead you away from Him. These seeds will always produce a harvest, so be sure that you are planting godly seeds!