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Connecting with God through Meditation Sunday August 8, 2010
What is Biblical Mediation? • xyfbe(come) concerned w., occupy one’s attention w., s.thg: a) in thought, consideration Biblical Meditation Isn’t … • Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity - Voltaire
I. The Importance of Biblical Meditation • Deuteronomy 6:6-9 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
I. The Importance of Biblical Meditation • Joshua 1:7-9 7 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. 8 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. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
II. The Object of Our Meditation: • God’s Word • Psalm 119:15-16 15 I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. 16 I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. • Psalm 119:23 23 Though rulers sit together and slander me, your servant will meditate on your decrees. • Psalm 119:27-28 27 Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders. 28 My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. • Psalm 119:48 48 I lift up my hands to your commands, which I love, and I meditate on your decrees.
II. The Object of Our Meditation: • God’s Word • Psalm 119:78 78 May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause; but I will meditate on your precepts • Psalm 119:97-99 97 Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. 98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me. 99 I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. • Psalm 119:148 148 My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises.
II. The Object of Our Meditation: • God’s Character • Psalm 48:9 9 Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love. • Psalm 77:12-13 12 I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds. 13 Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is so great as our God? • Psalm 143:5 5 I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done • Psalm 145:5 5 They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
III. Practical Biblical Mediation Make sure you are reading God’s Word • At a regular time • In a regular place • With reading plan
III. Practical Biblical Mediation Think regularly about the things you have read • Pray for God’s Spirit to remind and help you • Ask yourself application questions • Put God’s Word where you can see it • Interact with others about what you are reading • Work on memorizing it
IV. Biblical Meditation is an Act of Worship Psalm 104:34 May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the LORD. Psalm 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
This Week… Spend one day meditating on a single passage/verse of Scripture.