Thursday, February 9, 2012

meditating on scripture

Do you ever meditate?

When I was younger, meditation always reminded me of Buhddist munks. I thought it meant to sit, hum, cross your legs, hold your thumb to your middle finger and try to think of nothing (which, have you ever tried to think about nothing? It's totally impossible!).

Well, I was completely wrong about meditation. I mean, I guess there is a meditation that includes those things, but when scripture talks about meditating on the Lord's word, it means pretty much the opposite.

Psalm 119: 15,16 "I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; .I will not neglect your word."

Christian meditation focuses our attention on God. It may involve reflecting on a passage of scripture, entering imaginatively into scripture or being silent in God’s presence.

In meditation, we center our hearts and minds on Christ. We silence our many words in order to hear God’s word and know God’s presence in our midst.

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Psalm 119: 97 "Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long."

Our pastor, Matt Chandler, says it this way, “Gospel meditation is about filling your mind while eastern meditation is about emptying your mind. Other religions and cultures say that emptying your mind will lead to freedom, but in Christian meditation, you fill your mind with truth and that leads to freedom.” (emphasis mine)

Meditation is an important part of prayer and our relationship with God and must be done.

In Joshua 1:8, the Lord says this, "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." We should take these instructions seriously and apply them to our own lives.

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I have to be honest about this one. Meditation is a spiritual discipline that I do not do often enough. In fact, I rarely do it. But I want to do it more regularly. I want it to be a part of my quiet time. I know in my heart that in those times of quiet meditation, the Lord speaks and I want nothing more than to hear Him speaking to me. But knowing it and doing it are 2 different things. I now need to apply what I know.

Finally, brothers and sisters, 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. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. ~Philippians 4:8,9

What about you, do you meditate on the scriptures often enough??

linking up with Casey

3 comments:

  1. I love this post! I don't meditate nearly often enough. This is so encouraging.

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  2. First of all, I love Matty C's words on meditation. Secondly, I am not very good about being disciplined in this either, but a few things I have tried are reading a passage of Scripture for a whole month or so (sometimes just a verse, sometimes a whole Psalm) or writing verse down and re-reading it again and again. I think it is also helpful to write it down a bunch of times and put it around the house and in the car, although I haven't really tried this yet! :)

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