Does the word ‘meditation’ in The Bible, such as in Psalms 49:3 mean the same thing as the practice of eastern meditation?
Ps 1:1 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.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law doth he meditate day and night.
This word ‘meditate’ is ‘hagah’ in the Hebrew, and is a primitive root meaning ‘to murmur (in pleasure or anger); by implication, to ponder’ (Strong’s no.1897; see also 1901). The words for meditate and meditation in other verses, such as Gen.24:63 (suwach), Ps.119:15 (siyach), all have similar meanings. Some are used more in the ‘poetical’ sense, others as a complaining to God.
But in each case in God’s Word, where the words meditate or meditation occur, thought is active in the mind of the meditator. That is very important, for the practice of so-called ‘eastern meditation’ is the exact opposite.
Eastern meditation, such as intoning ‘vowel sounds’ and what not, teaches to clear the mind of ‘all thought’, allowing the universe, gods, or whatever, to communicate, receiving spiritual influences from only God knows where. It’s the practice of eastern mysticism to try to become ‘one’ with the cosmos. This false practice of trying to commune with the universe, which is really an aid for Satan’s negative spiritual influences to make contact, was wholly thrust upon the Western nations during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s with various ‘spiritism’ movements, and again in the 1960’s with the ‘flower power’, or hippie generation (I was born in the latter part of that generation, and saw those things). Even the idea of being ‘hip’, or ‘cool’, was a powerful label in the ’60s to push those fads on an unsuspecting generation. It’s still alive today with the so-called ‘new age’ movement, which is just a new ‘pet name’ for modern occultism. Humanist and earth awareness philosophies are added with it to give it more weight. That ’60s generation is now in power in many governments today (gulp). It’s good to know who the spiritual battle is with, and eastern meditation is one effective means by which Satan controls his workers and influences on earth.
So if you’re out in the field working, or walking among the woods, and ‘boom’, your tongue starts babeling and there is no mental ‘thought’ process going on, it’s time to boot that evil spirit away. Feeling ‘spiritual joy’ from our Father Jehovah through His Son Jesus Christ, is a mental thought process. Otherwise, how would you know of Whom that joy in The Lord is from?
When those in Christ pray and ‘ponder’ on His Word, it always involves thought, an active mental process, with understanding, and that’s how The Holy Spirit gives Truth. Those teaching to ‘feel the faith’ without study and the knowledge of Christ, are false prophets. No, our faith in Christ is understood, with ‘confidence’ remember? After all, Truth is the goal isn’t It? Christ gave His Body of believers Power over those evil influences (Luke 10:19), so ‘boot em’ out in the Name of Jesus Christ. They’ll get tired of coming around you when you cast them away from you, back to the ‘pit’! And they must leave when you use Christ’s Name as one of His, claiming that Power He gave us through Him. They have no choice in the matter.