Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.
Meditation is different from prayer!
Notice that the psalmist talks about two things: first there are “the words of my mouth”, and then there is a second thing—“the meditation of my heart”. Meditation is distinct from my words. Both prayer and meditation are crucial to our walk with God. In spite of this we pray little and meditate almost not at all.
Because of the nature of meditation, it’s really important that we set aside a special time for it, and a secluded place where the world won’t intrude. And it’s also important to get quiet. In this peaceful place we come to God and ask him to guide our thoughts. You may have a particular Scripture or issue to meditate on, or you may simply focus on God himself.
Biblical meditation is different from mystical meditation, because it doesn’t involve the emptying of the mind, but rather the filling of the mind with Scripture and the things of God, while inviting God to direct our thoughts about it.
As you meditate, it’s really good to close your meditation time by jotting down the key thoughts that came out of it in your journal. Can you take some time right now for meditation?