Meditation

'Blessed is the man who(se) . . . delight is in the law of the Lord and on his law he meditates day and night'. The Psalmist here in Psalm 1 is likening the man who meditates on God's law as 'a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither'. He is seeing a striking relationship between being focused on God's law and being a healthy, fruitful person. In Psalm 48 v 9 we have the idea of meditating on God's unfailing love; in Psalm 77 v 12 it is meditating on all your (God's) works and amongst the references to meditation in Psalm 119 we have meditation on 'your wonders' v 27, 'your precepts' v 15 , 'your promises' v 148.

Christian Meditation is focused attention, concentration, thoughtful consideration, pondering, serious thinking - on God, on His word, on His creation - on those things that draw us into His presence.

The outcome is a greater insight into the reality and applicability of the Scriptures to our lives, to bless, challenge and transform. The Psalmist mentions one powerful result of meditation: 'I have hidden your word I in my heart that I might not sin against you' Psalm 118 v 11.

One of the traditional ways of Christian Meditation is Lectio Divina. Read a passage of scripture slowly a number of times asking God to highlight something for you. It may be a verse, a phrase or just a word. Continue reading the selected passage slowly and thoughtfully until you have the verse, phrase or word.

Once you have something mull it over, chew on it, ruminate - feed on it so that you get all the nourishment you can from it. Then, as you leave your prayer space, take it with you into the day and continue to mull it over.

You may want to stay with this prayer phrase or word for a while.

You will find much more information, including something of the history, of this by Googling 'Lectio Divina'.