Health & Temperance – Biblical Meditation

Article on ‘Mindfulness’ meditation being used in hospitals and schools

There was an article included in the last newsletter that caused some people to think that we are promoting the practice of mindfulness meditation. Let me reassured you that this is not the case. The article was included in the newsletter as information for the readers only and not to promote these dangerous practices. However, given the current climate in which some pagan practices are being taught in some Christian churches is easy to understand how this article could have been cause for concern. Here is an article I wrote a few years ago on the subject of biblical meditation.

 

Meditation as it is presented in the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy

Meditation is a biblical and spiritual practice which has been lost in Christianity.  Yet, one of the most important things we can do as Christians is to think about God as the highest object of our thoughts. We live in a very busy world and a very fast society.  Some of us, it seems, are driving in the fast lane at high speed going nowhere.  We are so preoccupied in getting things done, that the most important thing, which is establishing and maintaining a closer relationship with Jesus, remains undone.  Many people reject meditation because they associate it with eastern religions.  However, meditation is a biblical concept.  In the Psalms the difference between the righteous and the wicked is that the righteous meditates in God, his words, and his works, whereas the wicked meditate in their wickedness.

Many psalms encourage meditation on the law of the Lord, “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night (Ps 1:2); on God, “When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night-watches” (Ps 63:6); meditate on God’s work, “I will meditate also upon all thy work, and muse on thy doings,” (Ps 77:12);  “I have more understanding than all my teachers; for thy testimonies are my meditation” (Ps 119:99).  Meditation must be pure and spiritual because it must be pleasing to God, “May my meditation be pleasing to him, (104:34).  Ellen G. White said that much meditation is need it for the success of the work.  She writes,

There should be much prayer, much meditation, for this is highly necessary for the success and prosperity of the work. A spirit of traffic should not be allowed in anyone who is connected with the office. If it is permitted, the work will be neglected and marred. Common things will be placed too much upon a level with sacred things.1

She also says that Satan knows how important prayer and meditation are to resist his deceptions and attacks.  She says,

Satan leads many to believe that prayer to God is useless and but a form.  He well knows how needful are meditation and prayer to keep Christ’s followers aroused to resist his cunning and deception.  By his devices he would divert the mind from these important exercises that the soul may not lean for help upon the Mighty One and obtain strength from Him to resist his attacks.2

The disciples of Christ will be more successful and become stronger as they seek to spend time with God.  “Be still, and know that I am God; (Ps 46:10).  Because it is not easy to be still in this fast-paced world, we need to educate our minds to be still before the Lord.  White writes,

Educate your mind to love the Bible, to love the prayer meeting, to love the hour of meditation, and, above all, the hour when the soul communes with God. Become heavenly-minded if you would unite with the heavenly choir in the mansions above.3  

Benefits of Biblical Meditation

            1. Bring peace of mind

            2. Helps people to know their own heart

            3. Increases moral strength

            4. Increases spiritual strength

            5. Prepares people to work for God

            6. Keep people active and enthusiastic for God

            7. Resist the attacks and deceptions of the devil

            8. Obtain strength and power from God

            9. Brings success and prosperity according to Psalm 1

We are warned not to neglect meditation and prayer lest we lose religious interest and become careless.  White writes,  

God should be the highest object of our thoughts. Meditating upon him, and pleading with him, elevates the soul and quickens the affections. A neglect of meditation and prayer will surely result in a declension in religious interests. Then will be seen carelessness and slothfulness.4


1Ellen G. White, Testimonies For The Church (Mountain View, CA: Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1948), 1:587

2Ibid., 295.

3White, Testimonies for the Church 2:268.

4White, Testimonies for the Church 2:505.

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