Meditation from a Christian perspective is utterly different from that of Eastern meditation. Eastern meditation seeks to CLEAR the mind of all thought, but Christian (or more specifically, Biblical) meditation seeks to FILL the mind with the truth of God’s Word. Biblical meditation involves “rolling the truths of Scripture around the tongue of your heart,” as John Piper would say.
It means reading (and reading slowly) as passage of Scripture to extract the riches that are contained within. It means sucking the life out of God’s revealed truth so that your soul is nourished.
Biblical meditation (at least in my view) involves a Bible, a journal, a pen, and a prayerful heart which prays “God, would you give me light into this passage? Would you show me rich truths that are here and help me to see You through this passage?”
On Sunday as I was preaching to my congregation, I mentioned Isaiah 40:12-31. I said that at the beginning of the year & recommended getting a Bible plan & reading through the Bible at whatever pace you are capable. But then I said this–“Even if you have fallen behind on your reading plan, are discouraged, and are currently not reading the Bible at all, take Isaiah 40:12-31 and meditate on it for one month. If you don’t read anything else, just let this be your devotion for a month and record what you discover.”
I’m including that passage below if you are interested in doing the same. See if your soul is not refreshed by the majesty of God.
12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand,
Measured heaven with a span
And calculated the dust of the earth in a measure?
Weighed the mountains in scales
And the hills in a balance?
13 Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord,
Or as His counselor has taught Him?
14 With whom did He take counsel, and who instructed Him,
And taught Him in the path of justice?
Who taught Him knowledge,
And showed Him the way of understanding?
15 Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket,
And are counted as the small dust on the scales;
Look, He lifts up the isles as a very little thing.
16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn,
Nor its beasts sufficient for a burnt offering.
17 All nations before Him are as nothing,
And they are counted by Him less than nothing and worthless.
18 To whom then will you liken God?
Or what likeness will you compare to Him?
19 The workman molds an image,
The goldsmith overspreads it with gold,
And the silversmith casts silver chains.
20 Whoever is too impoverished for such a contribution
Chooses a tree that will not rot;
He seeks for himself a skillful workman
To prepare a carved image that will not totter.
21 Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22 It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
23 He brings the princes to nothing;
He makes the judges of the earth useless.
24 Scarcely shall they be planted,
Scarcely shall they be sown,
Scarcely shall their stock take root in the earth,
When He will also blow on them,
And they will wither,
And the whirlwind will take them away like stubble.
25 “To whom then will you liken Me,
Or to whom shall I be equal?” says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes on high,
And see who has created these things,
Who brings out their host by number;
He calls them all by name,
By the greatness of His might
And the strength of His power;
Not one is missing.
27 Why do you say, O Jacob,
And speak, O Israel:
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
And my just claim is passed over by my God”?
28 Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.