How does biblical meditation compare with the meditation from the New Age movement? How can I tell if I'm meditating on the right things?
The best way to find out is to discover what the Bible says about meditation. Consider these verses:
The Bible says to meditate on the Word of God. Psalm 1:2 says, "But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night." Psalm 119:97 says. "Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long." Joshua 1:8 reads, "Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful."
The Bible says to meditate on the works of God. Deuteronomy 32:4 says, "He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he."
The Bible says to meditate on Jesus. Hebrews 12:2-3 reads, "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."
The Bible says to meditate on things that are pleasing to God. Psalm 19:14 says, "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer."
The Bible says to meditate on eternal things. Colossians 3:2 reads, "Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things."
Philippians 4:8 says, "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things."
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