Those Who Practiced Biblical Meditation

Those Who Practiced Biblical Meditation

You may be thinking, “How do I learn to meditate?”  I would answer, “If you know how to worry, you already know how to meditate.”  Let me explain.  Suppose you have a financial reversal and you cannot pay all your bills. What do you do?  Do you ask yourself which ones are most necessary? Do you think about which bill you should pay first?  Do you ask yourself, “What will happen if I don’t pay _________ bill?”  Does that kind of thinking happen all day long?  Do you think about it when you first get up, during breakfast, getting dressed, driving to work, at work, lunch, during a meeting, on the way home, when you talk to your spouse, you’re eating dinner, watching TV, when you are going to bed?  Meditation works much the same, except you are thinking about God and the scriptures.

In scripture we see several examples of God’s people meditating:

Peter, James and John after the Transfiguration:

“And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead might mean. 11And they asked him, ‘Why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?’ 12And he said to them, ‘Elijah does come first to restore all things. And how is it written of the Son of Man that he should suffer many things and be treated with contempt? 13But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him’” (Mark 9:9-13). 

The Disciples “In a Little While” statement:  

“‘A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.’ 17So some of his disciples said to one another,                                                        ‘What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?’ 18So they were saying, ‘What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about’”  (John 16:16-18).

Bible persons who meditated:

  • Isaac – Gen. 24:63 “And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening.”
  • Eli – I Sam. 3:1-18
  • Elijah – I Kings 19:9-18
  • David – Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. 
  • Joshua 1:8 “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
  • Moses – Deuteronomy 6:4-9 [4] “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. [5] You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. [6] And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. [7] You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. [8] You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. [9] You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

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