Friday, December 17, 2010

Christian Meditation (part 4) A Careful Reflection

What are we to meditate on? Thankfully, the Bible has the answers:

1. We are to meditate on the person and character of God:

(Psalm 63:6)
"When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches."

(Psalm 104:34)
"My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD."

When you read the Bible, take careful notice of God's person and character. Think about the things He said. Pay attention to His attributes. Jot them down, and include the Bible verse and reference. Commit them to memory. Meditating on God and His majesty is a great blessing.

2. We are to meditate on His works:

(Psalm 77:12)
"I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings."

(Psalm 143:5)
"I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands."

God's work not only consists of Creation and Salvation, but also that of His providential care. He is continually working in our lives. Isn't it wonderful to know that God is the background of our lives working out His perfect will and way, in and through us?

3. We are to meditate on His Word:

(Psalm 119:15)
"I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways."

(Psalm 119:48)
"My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes."

(Psalm 119:97)
"O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day."

A Christian who is daily in the word, and careful to reflect upon the Scriptures throughout the day, will gain victory over sin, self, and Satan.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

pre-e-Christmas greetings from the Hardeckers

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:11)
  
Merry Christmas!
 




Monday, December 13, 2010

Christian Meditation (part 3) A Constant Reflection

The Bible teaches us when we ought to meditate:

(Joshua 1:8)
"This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."

(Psalm 1:2)
"But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night."

(Psalm 63:6)
"When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches."

"Night watches" would be like guard duty. The Psalmist meditates on God even when he is on duty.

(Psalm 119:97)
"MEM. O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day."


We can and should meditate on God "all the day." As we go about doing our work, we will think or reflect on God, His person, and His work.


One way to counter the filth of this world, its powerful temptations to give in to sin, and its constant barrage to abandon God is to meditate upon God. In fact, the most alert times of our schedule are the best times to think, and ponder the things of God. Perhaps you started your day with Bible reading, and wrote down a verse or a spiritual truth that you gained from the reading of His Word. Now is the time to reflect on what God has spoken to you about from His Word. O that we would constantly learn to meditate on God's Word all throughout the day and then some more at night!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christian Meditation (part 2) A Compliant Reflection

At the outset of this article we have already seen a few verses that instruct us to meditate. Here are a a few more:

(Psalm 4:4)
"Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah."

The phrase "commune with your own heart" refers to the act of meditation.

(Psalm 49:3)
"My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding."

The Psalmist voluntarily practices meditation.

(Psalm 119:48)

"My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes."

(Psalm 119:78)
"Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but
I will meditate in thy precepts."

(Psalm 119:148)
"Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word."

It is important that we take the time to study and reflect on God and His Word. The world seeks to rob us of our attention and affection we have for God. May we learn to obey God's Word, in compliance with the Scriptural examples and imperatives, to practice and develop the habit of Christian meditation.

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