Christian Meditation is ACTIVE, not passive.
“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).
Christian Meditation is very different from Eastern meditation. It requires an ACTIVE, fully-engaged mind, NOT an “empty mind.” It is NOT an altered state of consciousness.
In Hebrew, “haghah” is “to meditate” = “to murmur; to mutter; to sigh” – when done in the heart, this is considered “musing, or meditation.”
In Hebrew, meditation carries with it the unappealing, but descriptive picture of “a cow chewing the cud” – the idea being that we “chew” the Word, “swallow it,” and then bring it back up to chew it some more throughout our day as new truths and revelations are revealed. Meditating on the Word of God day and night means to:
1. Speak the Word of God to yourself day and night AND
2. Speak to yourself about the Word of God.
Do you know that meditation can activate genes which are responsible for reducing oxidative stress (less oxidative stress, less free radicals, healthier and longer life)?
Food for Thought by Peter Lindop