Meditate on God's Creation
Meditate on God's Ways
Meditate on God's Works
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.
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.
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
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
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
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,
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
. . . 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
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.
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)
Tyndale, Youth For Christ (as taken from p 297 The Life Application Bible)