For the Christian, meditation or contemplation should not be some strange, extra-Biblical journey into new age navel-gazing. Meditation is simply pausing in your day to focus on God. Whether you wish to concentrate your mind and heart on His Word, His Presence, His Name, etc., meditation is focusing your attention on God. Some refer to it as “soaking” – I like that word!
– we soak extra dirty laundry to loosen the dirt and cleanse the garment
– we soak tea bags in hot water to release the inherent flavor
– we soak our bodies on a warm, sunny day to recieve the sun’s warmth (“soaking the rays”)
– we soak or marinate steaks and other meats in special sauces for added flavor
Try soaking with God. Pause and be silent before Him. Bask in His Presence. Let Him cleanse you, and release you from fear and worry. Let Him warm your heart and fill you with His special Presence (anointing) – the Presence of the Holy Spirit.
“Be still and know that I am God…” Psalm 46.10
“I will meditate on Your precepts,
And contemplate Your ways.” Psalm 119.15
“I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty,
And on Your wondrous works.” Psalm 145.5
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1.8