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Why practice Biblical Meditation?
 
If you are feeling anxious, unsettled, fearful as we walk through this time of change nothing will ease your heart more than connecting with God in His Word. The goal of Christian meditation is to internalize and personalize the Scripture so that its truth can affect how we think, our attitudes, and how we live, our actions. Practice biblical meditation as a means of speaking and listening to God as you pray the Scriptures. This will help to give you perspective and hope.  
 
Here’s what Donald Whitney has to say about Biblical Meditation:
 
“Although the Holy Spirit gives a believer the desire and the power for a biblical spirituality, a certain reformatting of the life and habits must also take place to practice a gospel-centered piety. Thus, Paul also wrote, “Train yourself for godliness” (1 Timothy 4:7). This doesn’t refer to physical training, for mere bodily activity — despite its health benefits — does not by itself build godliness, as the very next verse makes plain; rather, the kind of training or exercise that promotes godliness (that is, Christ-likeness) is spiritual training.
 
No Christian coasts into Christ-likeness. Godliness, according to this text, requires training. Some Bible translations render “train” as “exercise” (KJV) or “discipline” (NASB). Thus, the biblical and practical ways in daily life of living out this command to “train yourself for godliness” have often been termed “spiritual exercises” or “spiritual disciplines.” What was true in Paul’s day is still true: it is by means of the spiritual disciplines found in Scripture that we are to pursue godliness.”
 
Here are some resources that will encourage and help you with Biblical Meditation:
 
Biblical Meditation by Dr. Tom Tarrants, Knowing & Doing, Winter 2019
 
Praying the Bible with Dr. Donald Whitney, Broadcast Talks, Volume 4 Number 4
 
 
"Blessed is the man
             who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
             nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
              and on his law he meditates day and night.”  Psalm 1:1-2
 
 
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts”  Isa. 55:8-9 
 

 

Dr. Randy Newman is the Senior Teaching Fellow for the C.S. Lewis Institute. He posts regularly at his website, Connection Points, helping Christians engage people’s hearts the way Jesus did.

This blog explores the links between the Christian faith and all of life and encourages exploration of common ground between Christians and those with other beliefs. This content can be found at
http://www.connectionpoints.us

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