Meditation is the bellows of the affections.-Thomas Watson (Bellows = An instrument, utensil or machine for blowing air on fire to make it burn hotter.).
#1 FOR DELIGHT AND BLESSING! Psalm 1 How happy is the one who does not
walk in the advice of the wicked
or stand in the pathway with sinners
or sit in the company of mockers!
2 Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction,
and he meditates on it day and night.In addition to defining the blessed man by the company he keeps (and the intimate relationships he avoids), the psalmist also proclaims that there is great blessing for the man who constantly delights in and meditates on the Law of the Lord. Delight is a strong word in our culture, and the psalmist here lets us in on a big secret that many seasoned Christians don’t know. Reading the Word of God and thinking about its truths isn’t a chore that should just be done once a day, and then checked off of the list – it is a DELIGHT! The blessed man is blessed in part because he is chewing on God’s Word often. . For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
23 Though rulers sit together and slander me,
your servant will meditate on your decrees. 24 Your statutes are my delight;
they are my counselors.
47 for I delight in your commands
because I love them. 48 I lift up my hands to your commands, which I love,
and I meditate on your decrees.
#2 For Courage and Strength Meditation on the Scriptures is a biblical theme based on passages such as Joshua 1. As Joshua succeeded Moses and was about to lead Israel into the Promised Land, God said to him…“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. 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
#3 For Wisdom and Understanding: Psalm 119:98-100
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.
This goes beyond knowledge – Knowledge puffs up…this is about wisdom and insight, which comes from digging deeply into the Word.
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
- For Satisfaction and Contentedness.
Psalm 63 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
3 Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
4 So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.
5 My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
6 when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
7 for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
8 My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.
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