Luke 2:48-51 KJV  And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.  And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?  And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.  And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
Meditation is a devotional exercise. It centers on internalizing and personalizing scripture. Through meditation the written word becomes the living word. Meditation takes place in the heart. It is where the question is asked, “what is God saying to me”. In Luke 2:48-51 Mary did not “understand” the answer Jesus gave her initially but she kept all that He said in her heart. In other words she wouldn’t let them go, she reviewed them over and over again, she focused on what Jesus said. In the Hebrew language there are two primary words translated meditation:
Ø Hagah – to murmur, to ponder, to imagine.
Ø Siyach – to ponder, to converse with oneself, to commune.
Meditation has to do with the deepest thoughts and intents of the heart rehearsed over and over again. The things pondered in this way become subconscious responses, i.e., habits:
1) Meditation will quiet your spirit. Is.26:3 TPT; Phil.4:6-8 TPT
2) Enlighten your understanding to see things the way God sees them. Gen.15:5 (night); Gen.13:16 (day); Prov.23:26 TPT
3) Increase sensitivity to the authority and power of God. Ps.63:1-6 TPT;
4) Increases your energy. Ps.1:1-3 TPT; Ps.63:2 TPT; Ps.119:23-28 TPT
5) Infuses you with joy. Ps.104:32-34 TPT; Ps.119:14-16 TPT
Meditation will cause you to develop godly responses to all of life’s challenges and godliness is profitable unto all things. (1 Tim.4:8)
For further reading: Read all the references above.
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