Think About That!
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)
Life is so busy these days that most of us rarely take time to stop and think. We know we ought to and need to; but the demands of each day, whether in the family or at work, just seem to press in and crowd out the space to truly stop and think. But stopping and thinking is exactly what the Bible encourages us to do!
The Bible invites us to stop and think through ‘meditation’ (or ‘contemplation’, as some Christian writers have described it). Meditation is about reflecting on something in depth and at length. It’s about deliberately focusing on ‘one thing’ (Luke 10:42) in order to shut the door to everything else that would crowd into our thoughts. The Bible suggests three things we can meditate upon: first, God’s word: ‘on his law he meditates day and night’ (Psalm 1:2); second, God’s love: ‘we meditate on your unfailing love’ (Psalm 48:9); third, God’s works: ‘I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds’ (Psalm 77:12). We can do this through perhaps focusing on just one verse of Scripture or one aspect of God’s nature or even one object.
Meditation seeks to draw close to God to ‘contemplate’ him and be drawn deeper into his love, understanding that it is not a ‘technique’ but an expression of relationship, and that only in that relationship can our deepest longings be satisfied. Meditation sees God as a deep ocean to be explored rather than a divine ‘Father Christmas’ to be used. As Catherine of Siena, a 14th century Dominican Sister, expressed it: ‘O eternal Trinity! O Godhead! You are a deep sea, into which the deeper I enter the more I find, and the more I find the more I seek.’
OK, so your life is busy. But why not take a few minutes today to stop and meditate? Your God is wonderful; think about that!
‘Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.’ (Joshua 1:8)
Copyright © 2017 Martin Manser and Mike Beaumont
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