meditation.jpgMeditation is a spiritual discipline that is generally associated with eastern philosophies and beliefs and which is often shunned by the Christian church but is there a place for meditation in Christian belief?

There are several references to meditation in the Bible, including the following passage which begins the Psalms.

Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.
But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. – Psalm 1 – NLT

My regular Wednesday morning guest on 98.5 Sonshine FM is Ross Clifford who is the Principal of Morling College in New South Wales and current President of the Baptist Union of Australia. Each week we chat about a range of issues relating to spirituality and belief.

Yesterday Ross and I discussed the differences between what many would understand by the term meditation and what the Biblical understanding should be.

Meditation can be a useful tool in drawing closer to God and growing in our faith. Ross outlines some very practical ideas of how we can make meditation part of our spiritual journey.

Listen to what Ross had to say on the topic by clicking play on the audio player at the bottom of this post.


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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

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  • That’s a really interesting post. I’ve never really heard of meditation seeming bad within Christianity. I’ve always seen or heard individuals, even of that religious persuasion, advocating meditation for the reasons you described. Hmm, I’ll have to look into that more. Great post keep it up! 🙂

  • The Bible encourages us to meditation. Prayer is when we talk to God, but meditation is creating an environment for God to speak to us. Medititation is a tool for quieting our minds and becoming still. Christian meditation adds an additional bonus of building greater intimacy with God.

    Rhonda Jones, The Christian Meditator
    Christian Meditation, Affirmation and Relaxation CDs

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