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The Meditation of My Heart Will Be Understanding

July 8, 2014

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The Meditation  of My Heart  Will Be  Understanding

There seems  to be a big trend  —  “push”,  if you will  —  towards  “meditation”  as a cure-all,  a way to inner peace,  and wellness.     But,  the so-called meditation  they are pushing  is actually  the ancient practice  of Buddhism.     Many promoters deny  that their modern version  of meditation  has anything  to do with Buddhism,  but if it looks like a duck,  walks like a duck  and quacks like a duck,  you can be sure  it’s a duck.

Just the fact  that they use a mantra  —  the repetition  of any chosen word  —  and emphasize  concentrating on a word  or object  as they focus  on a breathing exercise  shows  that they are following  the principles  of Buddhism.     Buddhism is a religion  and philosophic system founded  in India.     It teaches  that right thinking  and self-denial  will enable  the soul  to reach Nirvana,  a divine state  of release  from misdirected desire.      See Webster’s Dictionary.

That dictionary definition  should be warning enough.     If we claim  to be Christian,  we must avoid  all heathen,  religious practices  and philosophical outlooks.

God’s word speaks  of the right kind  of  “meditation”.     In a Christian  “meditation”,  we are reflecting  on God’s word,  praying,  studying,  and thinking.     There is no  mindless mantra  or godless,  religious practice.

Much rather,  Psalm 49:3  tells us,

My mouth  will speak wisdom;
And the meditation  of my heart  will be  understanding.

The meditation  that is pleasing  in God’s sight  seeks  to truly understand  God’s ways.     That is why  Scripture speaks  of  “meditating”  on God’s wonderful works  —  God’s promises  —  God’s statutes,  law,  precepts,  decrees,  mighty deeds,  ways,  and unfailing love.     Biblical meditation  is a far cry  from the heathen religion  and philosophy  of Buddha.

Just a few verses  about  “meditation”  in God’s word  include:

This book  of the law  shall not depart  from your mouth,  but you shall meditate  on it day  and night,  so that you may be careful  to do according  to all  that is written  in it.       Joshua 1:8

But his delight  is in the law  of the LORD,
And  in His law  he meditates day  and night.       Psalm 1:2

One thing  I have asked  from the LORD,  that I shall seek;
That I may dwell  in the house  of the LORD  all the days  of my life,
To behold  the beauty  of the LORD
And to meditate  in His temple.       Psalm 27:4

I will meditate  on all Your work
And muse  on Your deeds.       Psalm 77:12

Let my meditation  be pleasing to Him;
As for me,  I shall be glad  in the LORD.       Psalm 104:34

I will meditate  on Your precepts
And regard  Your ways.       Psalm 119:15

I have more insight  than all my teachers,
For Your testimonies  are my meditation.     Psalm 119:99

My eyes  anticipate  the night watches,
That I may meditate  on Your word.     Psalm 119:148

I remember  the days  of old;
I meditate  on all Your doings;
I muse  on the work  of Your hands.       Psalm 143:5

We need  to think  on these things  and realize  the priceless treasure  we have  in meditating  on God’s  eternal word  —  the words  of truth.     Then we will truthfully say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for leading us  to meditate  with understanding.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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