First Level of Meditation
In the first level, the mind is very active. You ask yourself questions about the passage. For example in Psalm 95:3, â€ś
For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all
gods.â€ť You may ask yourself what information is given about God. The answer: the LORD is a great God. Note that LORD means Yahweh, the name God gave to Moses. He is not a weak God. He is not a little God, but the great God. His presence must be awesome. Because He is great, He will do great things.
I can, therefore, ask Him great and mighty things because He is capable. How great is He? He is greater than all gods. No god that man created can overcome Him. He is greater than any god, be it in the form of an idol or of a situation.
He is greater that all of them.
You also learn that He is not a subject; He is a King. All authority proceeds from Him. Once a decree has gone forth out of His mouth, there is no higher authority that can change it. You can look up to Him and plead your cause with Him. Once He issues a decree about you, it is final.
Second Level of Meditation
The second Level is that in which the Spirit of God begins to enlighten your spirit as you allow it to meditate on Godâ€™s Word. Your mind is not as involved as at the first level, but the Spirit takes you on a journey, bringing the various facets of God to your spiritual mind. According to Psalms 95:3 you know that the LORD (Yahweh) is indeed a great God.
You begin to grasp the truthfulness of the verse in a way that no earthly teacher can impart to you. This is not simply an objective or mental knowledge that God is a great God. It is a spiritual grasp or realization, that God is indeed a great God. The Holy Spirit becomes your personal tutor, so to speak. The teachings become deeply imbedded in you, and in your spirit. All the information you gleaned from the first meditation becomes very real to you. This is the work of the Holy Spirit. Before you know it, you find yourself placing implicit faith in God, who is the great King!
The Third Level of Meditation
The third level is what I call contemplation. Here, the truthfulness of this verse becomes a spiritual vision, one in which you can see the reality of the verse at hand. For example, in the above quotation, you begin to see God as indeed King, with all power and authority. The Spirit of God takes you before the presence of God as you behold His beauty and splendor. You see Him as King. With Him as your King, you are safe in His Kingdom, for you are His subject and therefore His concern. In essence, you see Him as the King indeed, sitting on the throne.
There is no way to know what you will encounter as God removes the veil from your spiritual eyes. It will be like you never knew God before. You will become humbled by His presence.
Only the Spirit of God can do this. This is not mere imagination; it is a spiritual reality. The more the verses are spoken out and pondered, the more likely it is for this third level to be accomplished.
Take time to study the names of God. Do not be in a hurry. With the knowledge of God come advantages reserved only for those who know God.
â€śAnd they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.â€ť (Psalms 9:10)