Christian meditation is not merely Scriptural memorization, though such exercise will yield that virtue. Christian meditation is a most sublime division of private prayer. The teaching on Christian meditation is dealt with in the larger context of the most careful planning and execution of poetic reflection. Thus, Spurgeon wrote of Psalm 119,
“The manner it is composed in is very elegant; full of art, rule, method theological matter in a logical manner, a spiritual alphabet framed and formed according to the Hebrew alphabet.”
Thus, the methodical approach of the Psalmist to creating this longest contribution to the Psalter, gives example of the effect of such spiritual exercise in his own life.
Yet, we might hear about “meditation” and be frightened by some Eastern mysticism corruption of this godly practise. Or, we may have images of a radical Christian mysticism that departs from the larger variety of peoples and generations in community to form closed societies. How far these aberrations are from the Biblical teaching of Christian meditation!
To meditate is to gaze upon a divine object of incalculable worth with the spirit of humble devotion. It is to locate the precious jewels of truth in the Word. It is to carefully mark the truths and to recite those Biblical truths to your own soul. It is to listen quietly as the Holy Spirit applies His truth to your heart and mind. It is to gather those truths as an offering of thanksgiving to the Lord. Christian meditation, humbly practised in devout prayer, will inaugurate a deep and delightful journey of intimate time, turning into a lifetime of closeness, with your Creator. It is to enter the holy of holies “praying in the Spirit” and thus rendering your sacrifice of praise as a priest of the Almighty.
“I will meditate . . .” This is the resolute soliloquy of the author, most likely David, as he charges his own soul.
Make this your firm resolution and immovable conviction. You will learn that the moments pass quite effortlessly into hours as you meditate according to Scripture. And as the incomparable spiritual experience transforms your life of prayer, you will discover what it means to “pray without ceasing.” The benefits of Christian meditation are many—peace, perspective, power, perseverance—yet none so glorious as the blessing that becomes affirmation: “I have been with God.”