Today, we’re going to answer the question that many of you have been asking, “What is meditation”? or “How do I even meditate”? You know, meditation is something where we so often think of someone saying, “I’m trying to clear the mind, empty it of all thoughts because there is greatness in emptiness”.
Because there is something else to say about that, we’re going to turn to the book of Psalms. This is Psalm 1, verses 1 and 2. It says: “Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked or take the path that sinners tread or sit in the seat of scoffers. But their delight is in the law of the Lord . and on his law doth he meditate” We have “meditate” right there in Scripture. So, meditation must be something good. After all it’s from God’s Word. But it’s not a matter of emptying. How do you empty yourself of law, day and night? It’s actually the opposite. It’s filling yourself up. It’s filling your mind.
You know we all meditate whether you realize it or not. Every night when you are laying in bed and you have all those thoughts that are flying thru your mind no matter how hard you try. Whether you’re thinking of all the tasks you need to complete the next day or the tasks that were uncompleted today. Or, was someone cruel to you? Or, maybe you were cruel to someone? It’s all of that negativity in our lives that we think over and really ruminate on.
But the word in the Psalm that is used for ‘meditate’ is the Hebrew word ‘Paga.’ It actually means to ruminate, really chew on. Think about a cow and how it chews its cud. It’s all day, just chewing and chewing. And that’s exactly what we’re called to do with the Word of God to release it; chew on it. Think about it. The exciting thing is that when we say, “How do we do this”? “I can’t do this”, you’re right! We can’t do this on our own. When its left up to you and me, we’re just going to think of all the negative stuff going on. But we have a helper. In the Gospel of John, chapter 14, verse 26, it says: “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you. So we have a helper! We have someone who will help us meditate on God’s Word day and night, filling our minds, filling our spirit with the Word of the Lord, the promises and goodness of God. So, meditation really is chewing on something. And what do we meditate on? The Word of God.
I’m going to leave you with some verses for you to meditate on today; Ephesians 2, verses 4 – 5: “ For God who is rich in mercy out of the great love with which he love us even when we were dead in our sins, made us alive together with Christ. By grace you and I have been saved”. I want you to chew on that, really meditate on it, think about it. What does that mean? The exciting thing is that the Holy Spirit will be your helper to really chew thru this. So, please take the time to let us know how the Holy Spirit is guiding you in you meditation today. Thank you so much and God bless!
Pastor Kari Maliank