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Biblical Meditation

Copyright © Andrew J. Shreeve 2016

 

  • Definition of Biblical meditation

The word translated – “meditate”, is the Hebrew word “Hagah” and means: to murmur (in pleasure or anger); by implication to ponder: imagine, meditate, mourn, mutter, roar, speak, study, talk, utter (Strong’s Dictionary). Meditation certainly means verbal utterance, as six of the words in this definition include verbal utterance - murmur, mutter, roar, speak, talk, and utter. In addition to speaking the Word, meditation also includes study and using the imagination.

 

The Word ‘hagah’ is used 25 times in the Old Testament and in the KJV is translated 9 different ways including: meditate, utter, imagine, speak, talk, study, mutter, mourn, and roar (6 of which are audible).

 

Biblical meditation includes studying God’s Word. We study so we can have an accurate understanding of what God’s Word is saying. We then select which part of God’s Word is most beneficial for meditating. We then speak the beneficial aspect of God’s Word out loud, repetitively, until we can imagine ourselves in possession of what God’s Word says.

 

Beneficial Old Testament verses which include “hagah” are: Joshua 1:7-9 (v8); Psalm 1:2-3 (v2); 35:27-28 (v28); 37:29-31 (v30); 63:1-8 (v6); 71:24; Proverbs 8:1, 7, 11 (v7); and 15:28.

 

  • Biblical basis for New Testament meditation

As the New Testament is written in the Greek language, it does not specifically use the Hebrew word ‘hagah’. However, at the time the New Testament was written the Scriptures which Christian’s read was the Old Testament, so meditation would have been practiced by those early Christians who were obedient to the Old Testament Scripture. The concept of meditation is carried into the New Testament and additionally taught in many places. The following verses reveal the continuation of the Scriptural practice of meditation in the New Testament era.

 

Romans 12:2 – renewal or renovation of the mind is necessary to experience the good, acceptable and perfect will of God. Meditation is the most effective way to renew, or renovate, our minds.

 

Philemon 1:6 – we will be effective in the communication of our faith as we have a full discernment and acknowledgement of every good thing which is in us in Christ Jesus. Meditation is an effective way of acknowledging the good things which we have in Christ.

 

Mark 4:26 – Jesus said His kingdom works when men plant the spiritual seed of His Word into their hearts. Meditation is the process of planting and cultivating God’s Word in our hearts.

 

Romans 10:8 – the apostle Paul defines the gospel as “The Word of Faith” or faith in God’s Word. As we meditate the Lord’s Word faith comes to our hearts, and we experience more of the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ (Romans 10:17).

 

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 – New Testament spiritual warfare is defined as controlling the realm of our thoughts and imaginations. Meditation is the process of capturing and casting down thoughts which oppose God’s Word and then planting God’s thoughts into our imagination. Meditation is engaging in New Testament spiritual warfare.

 

Ephesians 6:10-18 – The New Testament apostle Paul, instructs Christians to put on the whole armour of God (v11). God’s armour includes: the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (v16-17). Meditation includes the planting and growing of God’s covenant promises in our hearts which develops our faith shield and strengthens us to wield the sword of the Spirit in both defensive and offensive spiritual warfare.

 

Hebrews 4:14 – Jesus is the high priest of our profession of God’s covenant promises. As we meditate God’s Words, in faith, Jesus is committed to bringing to pass our verbal profession of His will, which is His Word, which are the biblical promises.

 

John 15:1-8 – The fruit, or power, of the Lord’s kingdom is released as we abide, or remain, in the vine. Jesus is called the vine, and also called the Word of God (John 1:1, 14, Revelation 19:13). Meditation is the most powerful method of engrafting into our heart the Word of God, which is remaining in the vine.

 

  • Why is Biblical meditation important?

Our will is contained within our heart. God never forces His will upon us, but rather respects our free-will choice as to whether we want to receive Him, and His power, or not. Our will, therefore, is a critical component as to whether we receive the power of God’s kingdom, or not.

 

A good example is 1 Timothy 2:4 which say God will have all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. But we know that most men will not be saved and not come unto the knowledge of the truth (Matthew 7:13-14). In the area of man’s eternal salvation many don’t receive God’s will. The reason they don’t receive God’s will is because they haven’t heard, or meditated, God’s Word to the point of receiving the strong faith necessary to believe in Jesus’ blood and Jesus’ resurrection from the dead; and then engage their will to confess Jesus as the Lord over their lives (John 3:16, Romans 3:25, 5:9, 10:9-10).

 

The same principle is true for many Christians, who are not receiving the fullness of the power of the Lord’s kingdom-promises, simply because they haven’t meditated His promises to the point of receiving the faith to strongly believe. When we meditate we actively engage our will to receive God’s promises.

 

To receive the fullness of all the Lord’s covenant promises and power, which reveals His love, meditation of His promises is essential. To bear the fruit of the Lord’s kingdom we must successfully grow the spiritual seed of His promises in our hearts (Mark 4:20, 26)

 

  • What Scriptures should we meditate? – the covenant promises of the Lord

2 Peter 1:2-4 talks about a particular knowledge of God. The particular knowledge of God described in Scripture as honourable, valuable, esteemed, and exceeding great and precious is the knowledge of the covenant promises of the Lord.

 

The covenant promises of the Lord are the details of the blessings of the Old and New Covenants. The promises reveal the love of the Lord for His people. Through meditation of the promises we can receive the revelation knowledge of these promises which will greatly enhance our lives, and increase our experience of the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:13-19). The Scripture says the knowledge of the promises will multiply grace and peace into our lives (2 Peter 1:2). Grace includes God’s power, favour and ability increasingly working in our lives. The Scripture also says the knowledge of God’s promises will give us access to God’s divine power to provide all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). This includes power for divine provision and healing.

 

I call the promises the “power Scriptures”. They are spiritual seeds from heaven which have the potential to release God’s power into our lives. In Matthew 6:33 when Jesus said to seek first the kingdom of God, with the promise of financial provision, Jesus is instructing us to give first place to the meditation of His promises (particularly the promises specific to financial provision, as seed produces after itself). We know this is how to seek first the kingdom of God because Jesus defines the kingdom of God as planting His Word into our hearts (Mark 4:26).

 

The promises, don’t just give us access to divine power but, also assist the development of our godly character. The promises strengthen our resolve and ability to resist the temptations of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-23). These fruits of godly character are also a fruit of the promises (2 Peter 1:3).

 

When we receive the knowledge of the promises we partake of the divine nature of the Lord which includes: love, joy, peace, faith, holiness, godliness, healing, prosperity, safety, and wisdom etc. (2 Peter 1:4).

 

  • The benefits of Biblical meditation

The benefits which come from biblical meditation of God’s covenant promises can be understood through studying the definition of the Hebrew word - ‘shalom’. A careful study of ‘shalom’ reveals that ‘shalom’ encapsulates the gospel of Jesus Christ. In fact, the gospel of Jesus Christ is the gospel of ‘shalom’ (Isaiah 52:7, Romans 10:15).

 

Shalom includes:

Definition of ‘shalom’ - safe, that is, (figuratively) well, happy, friendly; also (abstractly) welfare, that is health, prosperity, peace: do, familiar, fare, favour, friend, greet (good) health, (perfect such as be at) peace, prosper, rest, safe, salute, welfare (all is, be) well, wholly (Strong’s Dictionary). Peace; completeness; welfare; health… tranquillity, at ease, unconcerned… unharmed, unhurt… to be whole. Personal welfare or health (W. E. Vine, Dictionary)

 

Benefits of biblical meditation of God’s covenant promises includes: feelings of security, greater happiness, a higher quality of life in terms of financial abundance, good health and increased strength. A more peaceful life because of the absence of worry and anxiety. A sense of being loved which leads to a desire to love others. A more relaxed connection of trust with the Lord. A sense of experiencing the supernatural power of God moment by moment, every day, which leads to a living reality of the truth of the gospel. An increased desire to worship the Lord in response to the increased receiving of His love.

 

In my personal life experience, I have lived with, and without, a consciousness of the living Lord Jesus, and life is much better with Jesus than without Him. Similarly, I have lived as a Christian with, and without, a first priority of meditating the promises of the Scripture. Life is much better, in every way, when I keep my primary focus on meditating the Scriptural promises. Without doubt biblical meditation of God’s covenant promises delivers a better quality of life.

 

Prayer

Dear Lord, thank you for this teaching on biblical meditation. Thank you that through the gospel of Jesus Christ you have delivered to all of humanity the opportunity to experience freedom in every area of our lives including our spirit, health, finances and minds. Thank you for the knowledge that growing the spiritual seeds of your promises in our hearts is a critical key to realizing this freedom. Please strengthen us to diligently meditate your covenant promises every day so we can enjoy the fruits of the gospel of shalom. We love and bless you in Jesus Christ name. Amen.

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