The Bible advocates meditation as one of the primary ways that we can appropriate God’s Word in our lives. Joshua is exhorted to “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night.” (Joshua 1:8) Even the Psalter begins with a description of the blessedness of the person:
“. . . whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water . . .
whatever they do prospers.” (Ps. 1: 2-3, NIV)
Yet many Christians are suspicious about meditation. I think there are two primary reasons for this. The first is that some associate meditation with non-Christian religions like Hinduism or Buddhism or western New Age philosophies. But if meditation is commended in the Bible, the question is not whether we should practice it, but how—what is distinctive about the Christian practice of meditation?