Make Time For Meditation
I believe the most relevant definitions of the word meditate are these: Old Testament: To ponder, imagine or study or talk. New Testament: To revolve in the mind, to imagine, to pre-meditate. Meditating is thinking. So what should a Christian think about? He should think about God, His Word, His will and His works. Meditation is a command that when obeyed brings many blessings. It is not difficult. Any believer can meditate. Can you think of an easier way to bring great blessings to yourself than thinking what God wants you to think? If you are too busy to meditate you are too busy.
Psalms 1:1-2: 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.
One characteristic of a blessed man is that he thinks about the Bible day and night.
1 Timothy 4:13-15: Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
Characteristics of men whose profiting may appear to all are that they think about what they read in the Bible, they think about encouraging others, they think about Bible doctrine and they think about the spiritual gifts God has given them.
Psalms 119:99-100: I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. 100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.
Meditation gives understanding.
Psalms 119:15: I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
Meditation shows respect to God.
Psalms 119:23: Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.
We should meditate even when under attack.
Psalms 119:148: Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.
We should think about God at night.
Psalms 143:5: I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.
We should think about what God did in the past.
Philippians 4:8: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
We should think about the good things that God has put into His people and into their lives.
Psalms 19:14: Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Our meditation is just as important as our words and can be acceptable to the Lord.
Care to discuss Make Time For Meditation with Ron?