Meditating On God and His Word

Meditate On God and His Word
Knowing God

Benefits of Meditating

You will prosper and be successful; enjoy life and live long.
You will have good relationships, relax and have a delightful time.
You will delight in and commune with God and know God's ways.
You will have exceptional insight and understanding.

How To Meditate

Practice relaxing 15-10 minutes/day in a quiet uninterrupted place

1) Choose a Quiet and Interruption-Free Time and Place in which to Meditate

2) Pray and ask God to show you which passage of Scripture he wants you to begin meditating on.

3) Think through the selected passage again and again - prayerfully.

4) Apply the Word.

5) Relax and enjoy the LORD.

Meditate on God

But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal king. . . . But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding. When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with rain and brings out the wind from his store-houses. Jeremiah 10:10b,12,13. NIV

Meditate on God's Creation

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. ... May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD , my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:1,14 NIV

For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. Romans 1:20 NIV

Meditate on God's examples of his works. Job 38:1 - 42:17

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Meditate on God's Ways

If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Exodus 33:13 NIV

Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. Psalm 119:97-99 NIV

The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Psalm 19:7-11 NIV

Meditate on God's Works

Let me understand the teaching of you precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders.Psalm 119:27 NIV

I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. Psalm 143:5 NIV

They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works. Psalm 145:5 NIV

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Further Meditation References

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. Philippians 4:8 NIV

Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; Do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 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. Joshua 1:7-9 NIV

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither. In all he does, he prospers. Psalm 1:1-3 RSV

My heart grew hot within me, and as I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue: Psalm 39:3 NIV

My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Psalm 63:5,6 NIV

When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny. Psalm 73:16,17-22 NIV

Then I thought, "To this I will appeal: the years of the right hand of the Most High." I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds. Psalm. 77:10-12 NIV

May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the LORD. Psalm 104.34 NIV

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11 NIV

I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. Psalm 119:14-16 NIV

Though rulers sit together and slander me, your servant will meditate on your decrees. Your statues are my delight; they are my counselors. Psalm 119:23,24 NIV

Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Psalm 119:35 NIV

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. . . for I delight in your commands because I love them. I lift up my hands to your commands which I love, and I meditate on your decrees. Psalm 119:47,48 NIV

In the night I will remember your name, O LORD, and I will keep your law. Psalm 119:55 NIV

I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your promise. Psalm 119:59 NIV

May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause; but I will meditate on your precepts. Psalm 119:78 NIV

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Psalm 119:103 NIV

My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises. Psalm 119:148 NIV

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake I am still with you. Psalm 139:17,18 NIV

Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. Psalm 119:18 NIV

"PeaceI leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not let them be afraid. . . . I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. " John 14:27: 16:33a NIV

If you continue in my word, you are truly me disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. John 8:31-32 RSV

"Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30 NIV

Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 1 Tim. 4:13-15 NIV

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:14-16 RSV

Medical Books Discussing Meditation

The Relaxation Response, Herbert Benson M.D.
Beyond the Relaxation Response, Herbert Benson M.D.
Adrenaline and Stress, Archibald Hart
Stress, Diet and Your Heart, Dean Ornish M.D.
Head First, Norm Cousins
Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer, Kenneth Pelletier M.D.
Minding the Body, Mending the Mind, Joan Borysenko M.D.
The Stress of Life, Hans Selye M.D.
Meditating for Success, Paul Meier M.D.

Books relating to Judeo/Christian Meditation

Alone with God, Campbell McAlpine
Eternity in Their Hearts, Don Richardson
Voices from the Edge of Eternity, Don Myers
The Confessions, St. Augustine of Hippo
Of Communion with God, John Owen
Hooked on the Word, Ron Smith
The Pursuit of God, A.W. Tozer
How to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit, A.W. Tozer
Waiting on God, Andrew Murray
A Few Things I Learned Since I knew it All, Jerry Cook

Acknowledgment: The outline, summary and many references are extracts from:

Hooked on the Word by Ron Smith, West Shore Books, PO Box 3000, Lakeside, Montana 59922 USA, 1994 ISBN 94-060805 especially Ch 4, & Ch 5, plus other references.

Billy Graham says I am convinced that one of the greatest things we can do is to memorize Scripture. Billy Graham, Personal Thoughts of a Public Man

Charles Swindoll, my pastor for years, said "I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture...No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified."(emphasis mine) Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life p 53

Tyndale, Youth For Christ (as taken from p 297 The Life Application Bible)
There were no books, Bibles, or newstands to spread God's Word (in Deuteronomy), so the people had to rely on word of mouth and an accurate memory. Memorization was in important part of worship, for if everyone know the law, ignorance would be no excuse for breaking it. To fulfill the purpose and will of God in our lives, we need the content and substance of his Word in our hearts and minds. For the Hebrews, this process began in childhood.


 

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