Meditation for Christians is slightly different from those of eastern religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and others. Christians are encouraged to meditate on God and his words and the bible is the only authoritative book that Christians should meditate upon because it contains the words of God. This means you must meditate by focusing on God’s word in the bible by reading it, understanding it, thinking about it, comparing it to your life and if you are not practicing what you read, you should adjust and replace your ways with what you read in the bible.
You should conclude your meditation by praying that God should help you to practice what you just read. Doing so has great rewards that will help you live a blissful life on earth and in the world after death. Keep reading to discover bible references that encourage Christians to meditate and the positive outcome you will get from meditating.
The first reference we shall talk about is Philippians 4:8.
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, meditate on these things.”
This scripture clearly shows that you should not dwell on negative things around you. You can be influenced by what you hear, what you see, what you read and even by people you associate with. This can make you to continually think on such things instead of positive things that will help you. You should only meditate on things that are true, virtuous, right, pure and just. By doing so, you will eventually find yourself doing positive things that will be right in the sight of God and man.
The second reference to meditation is in Psalm 1:1-3
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
This is another important bible reference that encourages you to meditate. You should meditate day and night and during meditations you should dwell on the words in the bible. As you do so every day and night you will find that your life will begin to prosper in everything you do and you will begin to know how to always do the right thing at the right time. If this scripture is committed to memory and practiced, you will find that your life’s purpose will get fulfilled when you get to the end of your physical journey on earth.
The third bible reference on meditation is Joshua 1:8
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
Just like the previous reference, this bible scripture also promises success and prosperity if you meditate on the words in the bible every day and night. By the scripture not departing from your mouth, it means you should ensure that what you always say should have a scriptural and godly background. This will help you to have a prosperous life in spirit, soul and body.
The fourth bible reference to meditation is found in Psalms 119:99.
It says; “I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.”
This is referring to King David in the bible. According to him, he is wiser than all his teachers because he meditates on the word of God. Wisdom is a virtue that everyone wants to have. This scripture proves that meditation on God’s word can actually make you wise. One of the benefits of wisdom is that you will always know what to do, when to do it and how to do it. Being wise through bible meditation will also help you to know the best way to relate to other human beings and how to tackle tough circumstances that may confront you.
The fifth bible reference to meditation can be found in 1Timothy 4:15
“Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.”
Paul was instructing Timothy in the bible to meditate on the scriptures and give his whole life to meditating on God’s word. By doing so, he will prosper and everyone will see and know that he is prosperous. Christians believe that even though this scripture was about Paul addressing Timothy, provided it is in the Scriptures it is also referring to them as individuals. This means meditation should be taken seriously by everyone who desires to be prosperous in their daily lives.
Meditation in the bible is strongly emphasized. You have seen scriptures like Philippians 4:8, Psalm 1:1-3, Joshua 1:8, Psalms 119:99 and 1Timothy 4:15 that proves that you should meditate and by meditating continuously every day and night, you will prosper in everything you do. If you have not been meditating, try to start meditating today and you will witness such tremendous change in your life that you may never have dreamed about.