“Oh, how I love your law!
I meditate on it all day long.”
Psalm 119:97 (NIV)
Christian meditation is a very useful spiritual exercise that many believers do not use. For example, Christian meditation can be done when you read a specific passage of Scripture several times (like the Psalmist) and each time ponder what is written. Then read a hymn several times that is related to the passage’s theme then pray to the Lord to make that spiritual truth real in your life.
I personally find reciting a passage of Scripture from memory slowly and seeking to focus on its message is a heartwarming and faith strengthening experience. Regular Scripture memorization is a wonderful exercise to draw you near to your heavenly Father.
The Psalmist put it well when he wrote (Psalm 119:11 ),
“I have hidden your word in my heart
to prevent me from sinning against you.”
This helps us bring “All our thoughts captive to Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5).
Find an open 15 minute spot in your daily routine and spend the time in meditation. Here is a Scripture to read and a beautiful poem to follow up the thoughts in it. Isaiah 6:1-8 (NIV)
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.
2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.
3 And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”
Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.
7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
My God, how wonderful thou art
My God, how wonderful thou art,
thy majesty how bright,
how beautiful thy mercy seat,
in depths of burning light!
How dread are thine eternal years,
O everlasting Lord,
by prostrate spirits day and night
How wonderful, how beautiful,
the sight of thee must be,
thine endless wisdom, boundless power,
and aweful purity!
O how I fear thee, living God,
with deepest, tenderest fears,
and worship thee with trembling hope
and penitential tears!
Yet I may love thee too, O Lord,
almighty as thou art,
for thou hast stooped to ask of me
the love of my poor heart.
No earthly father loves like thee,
no mother, e’er so mild,
bears and forbears as thou hast done
with me, thy sinful child.
Father of Jesus, love’s reward,
what rapture it will be,
prostrate before thy throne to lie,
and gaze and gaze on thee!