Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Capitol Bible Study: "Memorization & Meditation: The Means of Treasuring God's Word"

From this week's Capitol Bible Study:

I will meditate on Your precepts and regard Your ways. (Psalm 119:15)

Eight times in Psalm 119 the writer speaks of meditating on God’s Word. When we speak of meditation, perhaps we picture one sitting with legs crossed chanting a mantra while in some sort of mind-emptying trance. This is not the biblical view of meditation. Rather than emptying one’s mind, biblical meditation refers to the process of filling one’s mind and heart with the truths of the Word of God. The word "meditation" in Hebrew means basically to speak or to mutter. When this is done in the heart it is called musing or meditation. So meditating on the Word of God means speaking to yourself the Word of God. We think about it, mull it over, and contemplate it. We saturate our mind and our heart with the scriptures. We consider carefully how it applies to the situations of our daily lives. This is how Thomas Manton described biblical mediation:

"Meditation is applying our minds and hearts to serious consideration of the
scriptural truths we understand and believe for practical uses and purposes."

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