In a word: Phrases for meditation

God deserves praise, not because he possesses an ego, but because by praise of him we discover purpose of life.

If you’re too busy to pray over your meal, you’re too busy to eat. Continue reading

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The meditation of my heart

My printed outline for this evening’s message.

  1. Meditation is not chanting a word or phrase or emptying the mind, but seeking the meaning of God’s word, in order to apply it in life, Psa 119.11-13; Lc 2.19; Cl 3.16.
  2. Meditation seeks to relate to God and please him, Psa 19.14.
  3. Meditation looks to practice the word of God, Ja 1.25.
  4. Some ways to meditate:
    • Write verses on a card to analyze during the day.
    • Read biblical passages in several versions.
    • Pay attention to the context of a passage.
    • Sing spiritual songs based on the Bible.

#meditation, #reflection

Thoughtfulness (Mike Glenn)

Yesterday, Sunday, we began a new characteristic of the Joshua Generation, “Thoughtfulness.” By this, we do not mean kindness toward others which is a common understanding of thoughtfulness. Rather we mean, meditative or giving consideration to how our actions will effect eternity.

The following bulletin article, in case you have not seen it, will explain the idea more fully. Our slogan this month in the bulletin is ‘Think, pray, wait.’ A couple of our ladies here at Seven Hill developed an excellent bulletin board using a green, yellow and red light traffic light to depict this thought of thinking about what God wants, praying about it and acting upon His answer. However, there has also been a little confusion about the application of the slogan to some of the Bible events for our Next Generation class and for the e-bulletins. So, have not been sufficiently meditative before, I am going to change this month’s slogan to “Think and act with eternity in your mind.” My apologies for the lateness of this change, but I believe it far better depicts our characteristic. Thank you for your patience and sorry for the confusion.

Spiritual Thoughtfulness

In the King James New Testament, the word meditate is found once. It occurs in the following context. I Timothy 4:12: “ Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13: 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.”

These are the words of an old Christian (Paul) to a young Christian (Timothy). Though it occurs only once in the N.T., it takes into its force the entire scope of Christianity: doctrine, action, motivation, attitude, faith and integrity. Such an idea must be of great importance for each of us. We are to think long and deeply of the meaning and application of scripture to our lives. The principle of meditation has always been one that God has expected of the faithful. Consider some O.T. passages that will give us a better grasp of what it means to meditate.

One of the reasons for meditation is our own salvation. In Joshua 1:8, God told the people, “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…” When we meditate on the word, it means the word is working its way deeper into our thinking. It is part of the ‘hiding’ process of which David spoke in Psalm 119:11: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” The psalmist also said of the righteous man, “1: 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” (Psalm 1:1-2).

Deep and frequent meditation will humble us before God as all that He is and has done for us awes us. Psalm 4:4: “Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.”As we contemplate God, His word, His creation and ourselves, we cannot help but bow in reverence before him and be silent. Job became silent after seeking an audience with the Almighty (Job 40:3-5).

Honest meditation causes us to see ourselves as we really are. David said in Psalm 119:59 “I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.” In the holy event of gathering around the Lord’s table, we are to engage in such meditation, “28: But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.” 1 Corinthians 11:28

Brothers and sisters, we cannot grow or even see our need to grow by only thinking occasionally about our relationship to God and His commands. Wisdom comes with meditation. Self-awareness comes with meditation. Humility comes with meditation. Salvation can come with meditation. May I suggest that you “meditate on these things.” Continue reading

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Momma Quoted Scripture

It wasn’t just a verse or two. Momma quoted any number of scriptures to me. The first Psalm was among the most frequent. She must have thought there were some things I especially needed to hear.

What better Psalm to tell a child? Everyone talks about the good life, but this is the real deal! Better to learn it early on, as the Preacher says, “before the evil days come.”

1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

4 The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

#blessing, #judgment, #meditation, #wisdom

Silence allows for meditation

Meditation stands in opposition to the typical American lifestyle. We plan out all the quiet time and are left with “marginless” lives. If a potential quiet time arises we destroy it with phone calls, texting, music, talk radio, TV, internet surfing and the list goes on. Why do we run from quiet moments? Is it fear? Are we afraid to be alone with our thoughts? Are we addicted to all this noise?

Meditation is a counter-cultural idea whose time has come. We have lost the calm and serenity of previous generations. I believe much of the problem comes from all this silence-killing activity. Human beings were not designed to be constantly bombarded in this way. It is hard on soul and psyche. We must find quiet times and actually use them.

Don’t think of meditation as doing nothing. When we meditate we are involved in an action—an action critical to our spiritual growth. It is not expendable so guard those times. It is too easy to let them be taken away.

Meditation takes what is on the surface of the mind and draws it in deeper. Think of the stuff on the surface as knowledge, then knowledge, when drawn in deep, as wisdom and understanding. Meditation then becomes a means of converting knowledge into wisdom and understanding.

Proper meditation brings clarity. A melding of mind and concept occurs in this stress free, yet often intense environment of meditation. Links between concepts are realized. The big picture bursts upon the screen of the mind. Our knowledge of God is no longer a random bunch of ideas. By meditation it comes together and makes sense. We gain insight into the great Creator and what He has revealed to us in His Word.

Consider these passages. . .next time you meditate.

Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

Joshua 1:8 …meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.

and Psalm 119 especially verses 97-105

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What is my spot to be alone with God? Li…

What is my spot to be alone with God? Like Mike, one of my spots is in my study in the morning. Another is my walk-in closet at home. Both have the positive aspect of having locks on the door so I can have some privacy and humble myself before God. This is greatly helpful every day, but also just before I go and stand in front of people. There’s something about humbling ones self before God in prayer that helps one stand before people.

#humble, #meditation, #prayer

Daily Meditations from Scripture

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