There are two common Hebrew words used for meditation.
< hgFhf > hagah which means "to murmur, mutter, to make a sound with the mouth. When used of "meditation" it implies what we express by talking to ourselves.
< xay#&i > shiyach which means to talk with oneself.
Meditation in the Bible usually indicated a person considering something about God and quietly focusing his mind on that truth. Most often, scriptures in the Bible were the focus of meditation, but anything about God his mercy, his love, his majesty, his power, his kindness were all causes for meditation. Christian meditation is when we quietly reflect on the things of God. It is different from prayer in that we are not communing with God but we are reflecting on his word or his attributes. It is not like eastern meditation, since we are always cognizant of our thoughts and we never enter into a trance-like state. The focus of Christian meditation is always on God, something about God, or on Gods care for us.
Scriptures about Meditation
Portions of Scripture on which to Meditate
This study on Christian Meditation © 1998 by David Humpal. All Rights Reserved.
All scriptures unless otherwise noted are from the New International Version © 1971, Zondervan Bible Publishers
Psalm 48:9 and 145:5 from The Living Bible © 1971, Tyndale House Publishers
Proverbs 3:5-6 from the New King James Version © 1984, Thomas Nelson Publishers