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:
- pray for the power to focus your mind on the Word with faith.
- read the Bible and initially select a verse or two.
- memorize – repeat those verses to yourself.
- think about what those verses say & imply.
- stir affections unto love, desire, grief, hope, zeal, and joy as appropriate. Preach & apply the word to yourself.
- do what the text requires, making holy resolutions for the glory of God.
- 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.
- Head – read the Bible and select a verse or two; memorize by muttering; think about what those verses say and imply.
- Heart – stir up your affections unto love, desire, grief, hope, zeal, joy, etc – as appropriate.
- 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.