I found the scripture in Ephesians 4:18 more illuminating and powerful by the day, Paul spoke clearly on the power of spiritual understanding. Let’s read that passage of scripture again.
‘This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart’
This scripture reveals that where there is no revelation there is alienation from the life of God! It is the understanding of the word that connects us to the virtues in the word! Howbeit, understanding does not come by explanations, but by revelations and revelations is the principal and sole ministry of the Holy Spirit! While the devil aggressively pursues the ministry of giving people blind hearts and deaf hears, the Holy Spirit works and progressively brings us into the light of the word!
However, there is a way to engage the Holy Spirit for revelation. This we see in this scripture, Acts 10:19, “While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them”. Peter, not understanding the vision that was revealed to him stay deep in meditation, and while he was thinking on this asking the Spirit for an answer, while In the midst of meditation, there came the voice of revelation showing him the mystery of what was revealed! Here we see clearly that thinking on the word provides the spiritual environment for the voice of revelation! Peter's thought stayed on the word, Peter's thought stayed on the vision, and in this atmosphere of concentrated thoughts or meditation the Holy Spirit sounded the voice of revelation, suddenly Peter knew what all along was hidden in meaning! Revelation exposes and espouses the hidden truths in God's mind, however, we need meditation to access revelation.
Psalm 39:3 reveals the same principle, "My heart was hot within me, while I was MUSING (thinking on the word, meditating) THE FIRE (revelation) burned: then spake I with my tongue (revelation gives you new things to say)”. New thoughts are what births new utterances, and new thoughts are births by deep meditations in the word. To experience the power of the word, we must be immersed in the word by meditation which in turn produces revelations that birth undeniable changes in our lives! While David's thoughts remained on the word, the light of heaven shone forth, and there was a fire that gave birth to new utterances!
Paul gave this great advice in Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord”. Paul, in other words, was saying ‘be worded’ in every aspect and every area of your life! But how do we get to that point where we are ‘worded’? First, we dwell in the word and then the word begins to dwell in us! Again I say, when we dwell in the word, the word will dwell in us! Meditation, therefore, is the spiritual process that gives birth to word-immersion! When your thought is constantly on the word, revelation becomes natural with you! This is why David a man of great depth into the awesomeness of God reveals his secret, "thy word is my meditation all day". This is how we get to the point where we are filled with the fullness of God, where we are filled with his word, and it is the art of meditation that gets us on that path of word immersion for total revolution! Everyone can be on that path of constant spiritual revolution if we will stay deep into the meditation of the word!
Now when the subject of meditation is mentioned one cannot but have a conflicting idea of what biblical meditation actually is and this is due to the rise and influence of the eastern culture that has harped also on the power of meditation. While eastern meditation to a certain extent has the element of freeing the mind with the purpose of attaining to an alpha mode where you get inspiration and power from your subconscious mind. Biblical meditation, on the other hand, tells us to fill our minds with the word. In eastern meditation, the mind dwells on nothing for a while in biblical meditation our thoughts dwell on the word!
BIBLICAL MEDITATION DEFINED...
We see this clearly spelled out in the word. The following scriptures expound on what biblical meditation is.
•Psalm 1:1-2, "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law doth he meditates day and night". The word meditate in this scripture from the original word translates to the words, mutter and ponder. And this gives us the full picture of what meditation is: it is pondering on, thinking on, muttering the word day and night. Biblical meditation ought to be a regular spiritual habit where our thoughts are constantly dwelling on the word. Unlike eastern meditation in yoga and all that, we don't need to assume a certain physical posture to get into this meditation, all that is needed is for our thoughts to constantly dwell on the word, mentally positioned and disposed to thinking on the word.
One more scripture on meditation from the book of Joshua
•Joshua 1:8, "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success". The word used for meditation in this scripture was also the same root word used in Psalms 1:1-2, and it means to ponder and mutter. Now meditation is not just about thinking on the word, it's also about speaking the word always. And Joshua expounded further along this line when he said that this book of the law 'shall not depart out of the mouth'. This is the muttering part where you speak the word, recites it constantly, speaking the word to yourself until it begins to enter into your spirit. In biblical meditation we don't only think on the word, we also speak the word always to ourselves and to our spirit.
Paul gave this advice in Ephesians 5:19, "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord". Paul here in this scripture mentioned the two elements of meditation: speaking to ourselves the word and making melody in our hearts to the Lord. How best do we make melody in our heart to the Lord? We do that by putting our thoughts on the word. It is not just by singing the word or singing to the Lord that we make melody to the Lord but also by thinking and speaking the word always and wherever God finds his word delights His heart! Meditation delights the heart of the Lord while bringing revelation to our paths in life! For as Joshua said, as we delight and meditate in the word then we will begin to come an understanding of the word that shows us the best way to apply the word. Like he said the end goal of meditation is to 'observe to do according to all that is written therein'. Meditation brings us into applicable revelations from the word that changes our world. For when we observe to do according to all that is written therein then we shall make our way prosperous and we shall have 'good success'. Meditation in the word will put us on the path of success in the world!