Used with permission: Character by Character compiled by Selwyn Hughes and Trevor Partridge. Copyright © CWR (www.cwr.org.uk).
The words used in the Hebrew for meditation—‘hagah’ and ‘siyach’—mean to ponder, imagine, contemplate, reflect, pray, commune, murmur, mutter and converse with oneself.
In other words, meditation means to roll a word, thought or phrase around in the mind, continually contemplating, pondering, dwelling upon, viewing it from every angle, weighing it, and considering it carefully. To do this, not just once, but over and over again until you begin to talk to yourself about it, allowing it to penetrate, permeate and saturate your thinking.
Scripture meditation, then, is the digestive system of the soul, and is of vital importance to spiritual development. It is the process by which we apply, absorb and internalise truth as a working principle into our daily lives. Just as natural food is taken into our bodies, and the digestive system absorbs it, so in the spiritual, as we take God’s word into our minds through the process of meditation, it is absorbed into our spirits and transformed into spiritual faith and energy, making Biblical principles working realities in our daily lives.