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A theological perspective:

Seeking the Lord is a posture of the heart. As we are called to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, we are to constantly set our minds toward God in all of our experiences, to shift our gaze and our hearts towards him through the means of his revelation, with mind, heart, body and soul.

 

There are many ways we can seek the Lord. He reveals himself through his Word. We are students of it. He makes himself known in the evidences of grace through other people. We are learners of others. He reveals himself through the Holy Spirit that dwells inside his children. The Spirit moves, breathes, convicts, and stirs inside of us. When we pause to think about the profound nature of what it means to seek God and posture ourselves in a way to do so, we find treasures of peace, joy, strength, confidence, purpose, humility, contentment in all stages and seasons of life. We begin to live out in a profound way the attributes of the Christian life found in Galatians 5:22-23: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.  

In the spiritual discipline of biblical meditation we are given the ability to hear God’s voice and obey his Word. In biblical meditation our intention is relationship with God. God has chosen. God is pursuing. It begins in love. It begins in relationship with our Creator. Christian meditation is not a blank space where we empty ourselves for the sake of being yoked with ourselves. Meditation connects us to someone. The question is: to whom are you connecting to? The Bible commands us to meditate upon God, his Word, and his works.

Biblical meditation is a practice where God reveals himself and transformation happens. It is active surrender. We are gifted time with God: Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10). We must be deliberate in our cooperation to stillness. God asks us to give up our right to have an agenda in prayer and be still before him.

 

Biblical meditation is rooted. Psalm1 speaks to the person who is rooted like a tree planted by streams of water. It is a beautiful thing to be rooted.

 

Biblical mediation is practiced in the presence of God. We get to be with the God of the universe- the God who holds the cosmos in place and we are prompted by the Holy Spirit to enter in. We were created in the image of our most High King and God likeness was and is his intention for us. It is our inheritance. The practice of biblical meditation helps me to claim that inheritance so that he may dwell in me and “being rooted and grounded in love, we may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that we may be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:17b-19).”

 

Biblical meditation helps us to grow in holiness. God knows our destination, he cares about the process of getting there and we are called to be image bearers of Christ.

Meditation is an essential part of the Christian life. It is a call to receive what God given to us. It’s a call to receive a gift- to receive the person of God, the statutes of God, the testimonies of God, the works of God. This can’t happen without engagement, without stillness before God, without repentance of flesh, without studying of the Word, without aligning ourselves with our Creator. One of the most profound disciplines is the discipline of stillness before the Lord to just be in his presence and let him breath the gift of himself into me, to fill me up. The Hebrew word for filled is “mala”: to become full, satisfied, drenched, complete, overflowing, have abundance. This clearly is a gift from the Spirit to be given to us. We have a hard time receiving this kind of “completeness or being drenched” in the busyness of life. It requires us to be still and know that he is God (Psalm 46:10).

 

Meditation is a receiving of the Spirit to fill me up. The simple gift of being in his presence - expecting nothing but what he wants to pour out. True meditation means we have no plans but to surrender ourselves before God and breathe in the stillness and sweetness of his presence. Distractions will come. But every passing thought that comes is handed over to the Lord as we set our gaze on Christ, not self.

 

In receiving I find myself only hungry for more. I want more of our Triune God. We have an intentional call and a promise is in James 4:8 to draw near to God and he will draw near to us. In Christ centered meditation we find ourselves wrapped in the love of the Spirit’s presence while being shaped and filled up for every good work he has prepared beforehand for us. May we seek the Lord while he may be found; may we call upon him while he is near (Isaiah 55:6) and may the Lord direct our hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ (2 Thessalonians 3:5).