10
Jun

How to meditate

The Sunday sermon “We need to meditate” had some great advice on how we can meditate on God’s Word.  Here’s the last couple of slides:

 

How to Mediate:

Fill your mind with God’s word (this is unlike what the world calls meditation) & Mutter the Word – Joshua 1 v 8 tells us to keep the word in our mouth / on our lips. Then think about it and reflect upon it.

Ask – How does it affect head, heart, hand?

Make time for deliberate meditation – a time, place, posture, focus/plan.

 

Joel Beeke’s studies on the puritan writings led to his 7 point plan of how to meditate:

  1. pray for the power to focus your mind on the Word with faith.
  2. read the Bible and initially select a verse or two.
  3. memorize – repeat those verses to yourself.
  4. think about what those verses say & imply.
  5. stir affections unto love, desire, grief, hope, zeal, and joy as appropriate. Preach & apply the word to yourself.
  6. do what the text requires, making holy resolutions for the glory of God.
  7. pray for God’s help, give thanks for graces given, and sing praise to God.

 

We could perhaps reduce this to a 3 point plan wrapped in prayer:

  Pray for the power to focus your mind on the Word with faith.

  1. Head – read the Bible and select a verse or two; memorize by muttering; think about what those verses say and imply.
  2. Heart – stir up your affections unto love, desire, grief, hope, zeal, joy, etc – as appropriate.
  3. Hand -arouse your soul to the specific duty which the text requires – holy resolutions for the glory of God. Joshua 1 v 8 also tells us to do what God’s word tells us to do.

 Pray – for divine help, give thanks for graces given, and sing praise to God – Colossians 3 v 16-17.

 

Meditation leads to detachment from sin & attachment to God, and our neighbour.