If anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things

As our world gets brighter, louder, and busier, we have a greater challenge feeling the Spirit in our lives.

Today to be still and being quite in the presence of God is one being challenge for so many of us.  The world asks us to be busy. God asks us to be still so that we can receive love, peace and guidance.

It is important to be still and listen and follow the Spirit. Today, unlike anytime in history, we  have too many distractions to capture our attention.

Shutting up the mind requires practice. One powerful way to shut up thoughts that don’t serve us is by practicing meditation.

Everyone needs time to meditate and contemplate.

Many believers have abandoned meditation out of fear that they will connect with the forces of evil. But as Charles Stanley states, "This abandonment is at our great peril, because meditation and its scriptural application are of immense value if we are to listen accurately to God".

Christian meditation is rooted in the Bible. In fact, the Bible commands us to meditate. In Joshua 1:8, God says to meditate on His word day and night so we will obey it. The psalmist says "his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night" (Psalm 1:2).

Rick Warren, in The Purpose Driven Life, describes meditation this way: "Meditation is focused thinking. It takes serious effort. You select a verse and reflect on it over and over in your mind...if you know how to worry, you already know how to meditate" (190). Warren goes on to say, "No other habit can do more to transform your life and make you more like Jesus than daily reflection on Scripture…If you look up all the times God speaks about meditation in the Bible, you will amazed at the benefits He has promised to those who take the time to reflect on His Word throughout the day" (190).

Christian meditation is less about the posture of our bodies, and more about the posture of our souls. It is the practice of filling the mind with God’s word for the purpose of applying God’s word.

Many of us are not very comfortable with our thoughts and being alone with God.  Yet, spending time with God through meditation can literally change your life for the better.

It’s easy to fill each day with busyness and then block out concerns through hours of mind-numbing television viewing, internet surfing or reading magazines or social media.  None of these activities are bad.

But for all of us to function at our highest peak we do need to take the time and meditate, reflect and listen to God.

A pastor once said, “We trust Him not because He promises to end every storm in our lives; we trust him because He is good".

You can do this at anytime and honestly at anyplace. All of this will depend on how well you have mastered this art.

So what should we focus on in Christian meditation? "Whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell (meditate) on these things" (Philippians 4:8, NASB).