|The Art of Meditation
How to Profit From Biblical Meditation
Biblical meditation is the art of reflection, of pondering and going over a
matter in one’s mind. It is important that we recognize we cannot divorce
meditation from all the processes by which we learn and apply the Word. It
is intricately tied to Bible study in all its forms.
Concerning one of the chief Hebrew words used for meditation, hagah,
Herbert Wolf says, “Perhaps the Scripture was read half out loud in
the process of meditation.”
Biblical meditation involves the whole process of reading and
observing a portion of Scripture in order to seek both its meaning
and application. Though we generally think in terms of the final
aspect in which one reflects on his observations and understanding
of a particular text or concept of the Word, reading the text of
Scripture reflectively is a part of the process of biblical meditation.
The point is this. We can’t effectively reflect on and respond to a
portion of the Word or a biblical truth without the whole process of
careful Bible study. Just as meditating in a vacuum or to empty the
mind as it is done in eastern religions is dangerous and may open the
mind to demonic attack, so meditating on error drawn from a
misunderstanding of a passage can lead to unhappy results.
There are three things that must go together in biblical meditation:
READING, REFLECTING, and RESPONDING. The ultimate purpose of
these three are the three great purposes of Bible study: