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"Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful."
Psalms also includes numerous references to meditation, such as Ps 19:14 -
"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer."
The New Tesament also speaks of meditation in Philippians 4:8 -
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
As we talked of silence and solitude in our last study, we realize that the spiritual disciplines go hand in hand with eachother, as meditation has much in common with silence and solitude. We can naturally assume that Jesus was a man of meditation, as he was of prayer and solitude. He was a brilliant teacher who's insight was beyond that of all of the other teachers of his time (and ours!), and he often spent time alone with the Father, as can be seen from that last study. In our meditation, its important to focus on the Scripture, just as God told Joshua in the Old Testament. This helps us to focus on God and gives us a direction in which to meditate. The "Hows and Wheres" of Christian meditation are much like those from the study of silence and solitude. Here are some things that can help you in your meditation:
- Memorize or think of a word, phrase, verse, book or scene in the Bible which convicts you or comes to mind.
- Pray for the Holy Spirit to teach you the Scripture, to convict you of your sin, and to give you a heart to obey His word.
- Ask for understanding and knowledge from God.
- Seek to find His will for you in His word.
- Pay attention to the way Jesus spoke with the Father.
- Repent of any sin that is in your life and talk to God about that struggle.
- Ask for guidance and an obedient heart to God's word.
These are just a few ideas, but dont let them limit your time meditating in the Fathers presence! Remember, the spiritual disciplines are meant for us to grow spiritually, to know God more, and in reaction to this, tell others about Him and His love! More than anything, we want to follow the pattern and example of Jesus! Christian meditation doesnt have to be mysterious or confined to any sort of sitting position, but can be done by anyone who wants to be more like Jesus and has a heart to know Him better! In return, the Holy Spirit will convict and transform us in our own lives, causing our meditation to turn in to obedience and action for God. God bless!
Monday, February 23, 2009
- hearing from God - 1 Kings 19:11-13
- waiting on the Lord to act - Lamentations 3:25-28
- a place for one on one worship - Habakkuk 2:20
- getting to know God personally - Jeremiah 9:24
- praying effectively - Luke 5:16
Its hard enough to hear ourselves think in this world of noise, and its hard to know yourself when you are never alone and always with others - you become more like them and less like yourself! Its the same way with God! Its hard to hear Him communicate with us if we are always surrounded by noise, and its hard to know Him when we are never alone with Him in His presence - but if we are in His presence, we become more like Him and less like ourselves! Now that we know the benefits of silence and solitude, how do we truly discipline ourselves? How do we practice these disciplines?
- a quiet place in your home
- a corner in the library
- a place in the mountains, by a stream, or somewhere in nature
- somewhere you are guaranteed to not be interrupted!
- early in the morning while its still dark out (just like Jesus!)
- on the drive to work
- before you fall asleep at night
- during your lunch break
- contemplate an attribute of God (His presence, mercy, grace, love, etc)
- consider His faithful actions in the past
- listen for the Lord
My goal is to start spending at least 30 minutes a day in complete silence and solitude. Often in silence and solitude is where we find God waiting for us, so my hope is that you take some time out of your life to go to Him! God bless!