Thursday, September 2, 2010

Meditate on THAT!

First of all, let me say that there are entire books written on the subject of Christian meditation. This is not that. This is simply my experience, which will hopefully make you less intimidated and therefore more inclined to have your own experience. So—just remember that.

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Meditation is nice. It's refreshing. It's calming. And I didn't even have to say "ohm" for an hour, so that's a bonus.

Christian meditation involves thinking about God through the lens of Jesus' sacrifice. We know something about the nature of God because he sent his son to die for us. That's love. We can also witness that he is just and good. There are a lot of things Jesus' life and death teach us about God.

Scripture is most commonly the basis for meditation. Really pondering a passage of scripture and its meaning to you and how you relate to your Creator is the core of meditation. It's turning your mind over to God's word and letting it really sink in to your heart. I even read somewhere that you should take a few minutes to meditate right when you wake up and just before you go to sleep, so God's word is the first and last thing on your mind each day.

Now, I don't know if there's some scientific way to find scripture to meditate on. Something New Testament-y is the obvious choice, if we're to think about Jesus' sacrifice. Clearly, that's where a person should go. The New Testament.

Yeah, I didn't do that. I just kind of opened the Bible and read where it opened.

Chronicles. Awesome.

You know, the Bible is supposed to be one big story. One big love letter pointing to Jesus. My meditation experience today just proves that.

In 1 Chronicles 17, David says, "I have a really pretty house, but the Ark of the Covenant is just hanging out in a tent. Essentially, God is hanging out in a tent, and I have a mansion. I'm going to build God a mansion!" God tells David not to do that, but that God will have David's son build him a house. And while he's at it, God will heap all kinds of blessings on David's son.

That was kind of a boring place to meditate, so I kept reading. This is 1 Chronicles 17.16-25:

Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said:

"Who am I, O LORD God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in your sight, O God, you have spoken about the future of the house of your servant. You have looked on me as though I were the most exalted of men, O LORD God.

"What more can David say to you for honoring your servant? For you know your servant, O LORD. For the sake of your servant and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made known all these great promises.

"There is no one like you, O LORD, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears. And who is like your people Israel—the one nation on earth whose God went out to redeem a people for himself, and to make a name for yourself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt? You made your people Israel your very own forever, and you, O LORD, have become their God.

"And now, LORD, let the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house be established forever. Do as you promised, so that it will be established and that your name will be great forever. Then men will say, 'The LORD Almighty, the God over Israel, is Israel's God!' And the house of your servant David will be established before you.

"You, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. So your servant has found courage to pray to you. O LORD, you are God! You have promised these good things to your servant. Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, O LORD, have blessed it, and it will be blessed forever."

Now, I'm not going to take David's blessing—what God promised him is for him, not for me. But I sure can borrow his praise. These verses are all about God keeping his promises and how awesome he is for that. And what's the main promise he kept to us? To me, personally?

Jesus.

It felt like my heart was singing as I read these verses. In Chronicles! Can you believe it? And it didn't take any time at all. I got the point pretty quickly. Then I took some time to kinda swish it around in my brain and in my heart and figure out what that means for me, personally, and my relationship with God.

I think the main lesson I've taken from meditation is that God will reveal himself to you if you're looking for him. Meditation is a time set aside just for that purpose—lots of time or just a little time, but spend the time.

Tomorrow: Fasting.

Wait, what? I thought that was further down the list! Maaaaaaaaaaan.

Tomorrow: *sigh* Fasting.

2 comments:

  1. Beautiful post. I've taken it upon myself to read through the Bible this year (okay, maybe I took it on last year and am still working on it :-)), and I'm surprised at how much I've enjoyed the "law" books. History, I love. Lists of rules...not so much :-). However, in the midst of meditating on them, I've glimpsed a heart behind them I'd not seen before. Which has delighted me.

    And fasting...yes, *sigh*.

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  2. Thanks, Mary! My husband read through the whole Bible and skipped Chronicles altogether. But all the stuff about the Ark of the Covenant looks really interesting! Mostly because all I think of is Indiana Jones...

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