Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled. 1 Peter 1:13 (NIV) When you see the word therefore, you know Peter is pointing back to what he just said. Peter was saying that Christians are born again as the power of the risen Lord touches their lives. “Now,” Peter says,...
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:1-2
There is a very clear prescription in the Bible for all of us who suffer from a distorted image of God. It is the spiritual discipline of biblical meditation.
Biblical meditation is very different than what we normally think of when we hear the word meditation. Biblical meditation is not emptying your mind. Biblical meditation is filling your mind.
Any practice that starts with the practice of emptying your mind is very suspect, because you don’t know what might come in. Biblical meditation is about filling your mind with one truth—it may be as simple as “God is good”—and letting that one truth be like ointment poured on all the wounds that are there in your mind.
Take ten minutes to reflect on one basic truth. Soak your mind in it. Work it in to every area of your mind and heart. Let the truth challenge your assumptions. Let the truth that God has revealed about himself in the Bible penetrate into your mind and into your heart to correct the distorted pictures. If you don’t do this, all you are left with is experience and religion.
Take ten minutes right now and reflect on Psalm 34:8: “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.” What was the effect of this on your heart and mind?