The Importance of Biblical Meditation
exchanging our thoughts for God’s thoughts, part 1 of 3
The most important activity God gives us is not soul winning, church work, or missions—it is seeking His face through meditation on Scripture. God wants our thoughts to be His thoughts so that our actions will be in line with His actions, and meditation on Scripture is simply exchanging our faulty beliefs for the truths of God’s Word. “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord” (Isaiah 55:7–8).
Most of the mental problems, failure, and conflicts in our lives are simply results of faulty beliefs. Meditation on Scripture exchanges these lies and their resulting actions for God’s truth and His resulting actions. Romans 12:2 challenges us: “Be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”
The Power of Meditation
Many of us attempt to live the Christian life by our own efforts of doing “good” or resisting sin. While we should do good and not sin, we cannot do these things by our own efforts. God has provided a way in which He accomplishes these things in us with His strength and for His glory, rather than through our own strength.
“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples” (John 15:7–8, ESV). Nowhere in these verses—or in the rest of Scripture—is there even the intimation of resisting sin in day-to-day life by our own strength! There is no suggestion that we produce fruit for God because of church programs or the latest “feel good fad” to sweep Christendom. There is no command to love, serve, evangelize, or disciple apart from Christ and His words being alive in us.
To truly give glory to God in our lives and to have others see our good works and glorify our Father, we must forsake the struggle to act like a Christian and instead take up the discipline of engrafting God’s Word as a living power into our lives. As our minds and hearts begin to line up with God’s mind and heart, He will produce the Christian life within us naturally and without struggle. The engrafting of His Word into one’s life is accomplished through the discipline of memorizing His Word and meditating on it.
Dr. Mike Davis
Dr. Mike Davis is an experienced teacher and counselor. As the director of the International Ministerial Institute in Burnet, Texas, he disciples young men who are preparing for involvement in full-time Christian ministry.