Meditation

Written by M. Larson

by Muriel Larson

**What does most of your thought-life consist of? What would your full potential be if our thoughts, were centered on the things of the Lord? http://mag.thelife.com/study/celebrategod.html

Please join us for our Daily Devotional Chat today in our women’s chat room at 10:30am est

“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).

“Meditation.” Perhaps the word conjures up visions of gurus sitting cross-legged in reverent attitudes. Yet God’s Word tells us of God’s way of meditation. The psalmist declared, “I will meditate on your precepts and consider your ways” (Psalm 119:15). “I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes” (Psalm 119:99). “My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises” (Psalm 119:148). “I meditate on all your works.” (Psalm 143:5).

Here are thoughts that will lift us out of ourselves and help us to live more fruitful lives for our Lord. What would our full potential be if our thoughts, our meditations during our waking hours, were centered on the things of the Lord?

No doubt this way of thinking would improve our spirituality, our personalities, and our physical, emotional, and mental health! Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” Certainly our thoughts affect our actions, our decisions, our health, even our whole course in life, don’t they? Where are we headed? Our thought-life determines so much!

Much of our thought-life concerns ourselves, doesn’t it? It focuses on our plans, our relationships to others, our problems, and things that boost our vanity. Sometimes we even lie awake at night thinking of these things. But of what real value is much of this thinking?

Rather, let us think about God’s precepts–His rules for godly living as recorded in His Word. Let us dwell on His testimonies–the lives we have seen changed by His grace, the prayers we have seen answered, the things God has done for us. Let us meditate on His Word–the rich wisdom, comfort, peace, and joy that so many of its verses impart to us.

Let us consider His works–the marvels of His universe, His planet earth, His mighty mountains and seas, and our own marvelously designed bodies.

Let’s not leave the meditation on higher things to those who do not even know our omnipotent Lord.

~Father God, Today I give my minds to You as well as my heart. Teach me to mediatate ob all that You are as I trust fully in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Permanent devotional link

Questions: When and where can I meditate on the Lord and all the things that concern Him? How can Biblical meditation change my life?

About the Author:  Dr. Muriel Larson

6 Responses to “Meditation”

  • kanj says:

    muriel, thank you for the devotional. i found out soon enough that the best time for me to study scripture was in absolute peace and quiet. those times were hard pressed with a husband and two teenage adults. but where there was His will, there was a way. what i do is I get up before the early birds(it’s sooo serene, peaceful and rewarding). and in the evenings, right before bed is the other time where my husband respects my ‘time’ with Him. or I take full advantage when it’s only myself at home. no distractions whatsoever. perhaps the humming of the fridge or a clock ticking on the wall. it truly is a little piece of heaven here on earth. my husband respects this time and almost on cue he will see the Bible in my hands and knows it’s not our time, it’s ”OUR” time and either picks up a book himself(unfortunately not the Bible(yet)) or goes out in the backyard to do yard work or goes out.
    Biblical meditation is bringing me closer to the Lord. even from a year ago now, i look at things differently. everything I see, feel, hear, touch, I know God is the sculptor. my foundation was a mess, crumbling, dilapitated. my foundation is unshakeable today. but not to say that the trials and struggles do not come, they do. I seek Him in prayer and I am learning to listen. i don’t always hear Him but as I said I am learning.
    as in Psalms 104:34 reads, ”May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord”.

  • Dr. Muriel says:

    Thank you, ladies, for your encouragement, and for your excellent observations. You have a real ministry here, and I appreciate it!

  • cathy says:

    I love to meditate when I can and just be with the Lord, Not constant talking or gabbing, but just being still before the lord. It is very hard to stay that focuses without my mind wandering.

  • TJ says:

    When and where can I meditate on the Lord? That is the beauty of His plan. We can be any place at any time to meditate on God’s precepts, His majesty and creations. I know I fall so short of taking in all that he has done. I need to heed Ps. 46:10 Be still and know that I am God. Thank you for the devotions that I probably need reminding of daily.

  • ria says:

    as usual the daily devo hits the mark. on my ride to work this am, I needed this.
    my mind is always all over the place. I pray that this devo sinks in, Im going to jot down these scriptures and meditate like Im supposed to.
    than you!
    God bless you all

  • Andi Andi says:

    Greetings Muriel,
    Today is Friday and I’m surprised there are no comments yet. This subject deals w/something we very busy western people do too little of. Perhaps it has come too close to home for many of us; if so God has used you to deliver a timely message. Or perhaps everyone is just too busy right now to respond?
    I pray that all the gals who read the devotionals on a daily basis will find these truths going straight to core of their spiritual beings; that it is a ‘reminder’ to them as it was to me to stop and inhale the wonders of God. Amen and thank you again

Leave a Reply