Why does the Bible say to meditate on Godís Word if meditation is bad?

As a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, we would caution anyone against YOGA, or anything that gets its basis from eastern religions. The definition for it out of the Websterís Dictionary is: A Hindu discipline aimed at training the consciousness for a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility. A system of exercises practiced to promote control of the body and mind. The word "yoga" is from Sanskrit "yogah;" "union; the uniting of the self with the universe." There is a book entitled, Marshal Arts and Yoga: A Christian Viewpoint by Brenda Skyrme which one may find in their local Christian Bookstore.

Meditation is one of the primary activities practiced in YOGA. In itself, meditation is not a bad thing; depending on what one is meditating upon. Transcendental Meditation (TM), which is practiced by some cults, is a meditational technique in which deep mental and physical relaxation is achieved especially through the use of a mantra (a sacred Hindu formula believed to embody divinity invoked and to possess magical power). The word meditation simply means to reflect on; ponder; to engage in contemplation. A graphic illustration of this word is itís like a cow chewing its cud. It chews it awhile then swallows. A little bit later, the cow will regurgitate its cud and chew some more, then swallow again. This process continues. So when we are meditating on Godís Word, we "chew" it, so to speak by reading and thinking about it. Then it sinks down into our hearts, as we go about other things; but later that day, weíll bring it back up again in our mind and dwell on (ponder, reflect on) it some more Ė and on and on. There are several scriptures which talk about meditation and on what we are to dwell (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 19:14; 119:15, 97; Philippians 4:8). Psalm 1:2 says, "But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night." The Spirit-Filled Life Bible, for which Pastor Hayford served as General Editor, footnotes under this passage read:

Meditates, hagah, To reflect; to moan, to mutter; to ponder; to make a quiet sound such as a sighing; to meditate or contemplate something as one repeats the words. Hagah represents something quite unlike the English "meditation "which may be a mental exercise only. In Hebrew thought, to meditate upon the Scriptures is to quietly repeat them in a soft, droning sound, while utterly abandoning outside distractions. From this tradition comes a specialized type of Jewish prayer called "davening," that is, reciting texts, praying intense prayers, or getting lose in communion with God, while bowing or rocking back and forth. Evidently this dynamic form of meditation-prayer goes back to Davidís time.

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