In my previous post, I attempted to give an overview of the subject of Christian meditation, based on the persepctives of Madame Jeanne Guyon, a Christian mystic, who lived in France between years 1648 to 1717, and who spent countless hours in prayer and meditation.
I also acknowledged that although what I shared was meant to be a primer of sorts, the reader might have found it to be very “cheem” (Hokkien expression to mean ‘very profound’ or ‘difficult to understand’).
Indeed, Christian meditation is a deeply spiritual practice, requiring hours to master, and an endeavour which many give up after awhile.
Nonetheless, in this post, I hope to provide the unintiated with a quick and easy start-up guide into Christian meditation.
I start by making this premise: if God desires that all should meditate, why should things be so complicated?
Indeed, God (in His Word, the Bible) invites us all to meditate and promises blessings on those of us who are committed to doing it:
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; 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 1:9, NIV, emphasis mine)
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. (Psalm 1:1-2, NIV, emphasis mine)
Now — and please always bear this in mind — Scripture (otherwise known as God’s Word; that is, the words from the Bible) is central to practice of Christian meditation.
You see, this is because Christian meditation, is, at its essence, the uniterrupted contemplation of God’s Word.
To meditate is to be like a cow chewing its cud — the cow takes in a little grass at a time, and works on it slowly and patiently, so that it can derive maximum benefit from what it has ingested.
Ok, let’s now talk in practical terms.
Supposing you are in need of divine peace, what you should do is find a bible verse (or two) related to the subject of divine peace, and let the verse(s) play over in your mind.
Personal objection #1 to Christian meditation: “But the bible is so thick, where do I find verses concerning’peace’?“
Well, do a Google search (“bible verses on peace“), or better, do a keyword search in Bible Gateway (https://www.biblegateway.com).
This should yield a number of bible verses related to ‘peace’. Go through all of them and single out ONE or TWO that really ‘speak’ to you or your situation.
Memorize the verse(s) and spend time reflecting on it/them.
Consider how you can apply the verse(s) to your situation. If the verse(s) contain a promise, pray (and do so persistently!) and ask God to fulfil that promise in your life and situation (that is also what some Christians refer to as ‘claiming God’s promises‘).
Christian meditation isn’t something you can do just once and forget about it. Instead, it is something you endeavour to do throughout the day, wherever and whenever possible, until you attain what God has promised in His Word.
To this end, ponder on the verse(s) whenever you are doing tedious chores, like cleaning or cooking. Or, if you happen to be eating alone, reflect on the verse(s) while you eat.
Again — and please excuse me for belabouring the point — mull over the verse(s) you have singled out for mediation, throughout the day and whenever your mind is not preoccupied. (As an aside, I happen to take the view that that time-wasting mobile phone games and social apps are the devil’s tool to hinder meditation — so, if you are serious about Christian meditation, keep your phone out of reach wherever possible!)
Personal objection #2 to Christian meditation: “I don’t have a good memory. How am I supposed to remember the bible verse(s)?”
If you are poor at memorization, purchase scripture-memory songs, play them frequently, and sing along with the songs being played.
Here’s an example of a scripture-memory album that you can download from Amazon: “Overcoming Anxiety: Integrity Music’s Scripture Memory Songs”
So, supposing you are in need of divine peace, play the song in the Youtube link below frequently and whenever possible until the two verses that are featured in the song so take root in your heart. And yes, the song below does indeed contain two actual verses from the bible that are sung repeatedly in the song: “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (which is taken from Philippians 4:7 [KJV]) and “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee” (Isaiah 26:3a [KJV]).
I hope this helps.