What is Christian meditation?


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Psalm 19:14 states, "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer." What, then, is Christian meditation, and how should Christ...

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"Meditation" is the translation of haghuth, from haghah, "to murmur," "to have a deep tone," hence, "to meditate" (Ps 49:3); of haghigh, "sighing," "moaning" (Ps 5:1; see 5:2); of higgayon, "the murmur" or dull sound of the harp, hence, meditation (Ps 19:14, "Let.... the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight"); of siach שִׂיחָה, "speech," "meditation" (Ps 104:34, "Let my meditation be sweet unto him"); of sichah, a "bowing down," "musing.”

Ps. 119:97:
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"Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.", and verse 99, etc., ISBE. So next, see Psalm 119:99:

119:99: "I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your rules."

The following illustration from A Primer on Meditation points out what happens when the mind is directed and focused on one thing:

"M.A. Rosanoff had worked futilely for over a year to soften the wax of phonograph cylinders by altering their chemical constitution. He tells how he mused night after night trying to ’mentally cough up’ every theoretical and practical solution: "Then it came like a flash of lightning. I could not shut waxes out of my mind, even in my sleep. Suddenly, through headache and daze, I saw the solution. The first thing the next morning, I was at my desk; and half an hour later I had a record in the softened wax cylinder...This was the solution! I learned to think waxes...waxes...waxes, and the answer came without effort, although months of thought had gone into the mental mill."

—Daily Bread.

I used to love reading Reader's Digest, especially their feature, "Drama in Real Life." Here is a story, though not one from "Drama in Real Life."

Efficiency Expert

The story goes that Henry Ford once hired an efficiency expert to evaluate his company. After a few weeks, the expert made his report, which was highly favorable except for one thing.

"It's that man down the hall,” said the expert. "Every time I go by his office he's just sitting there with his feet on his deck. He's wasting your money.”

"That man,”replied Mr. Ford, "once had an idea that saved us millions of dollars. At the time, I believe his feet were planted right where they are now.

—Reader's Digest

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