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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Meditation or Mediation


I found an interest passage in a book that I'm reading on discipline:

There are times when everything within us says "yes" to these lines of Frederick W. Faber:

Only to sit and think of God,
Oh what a joy it is!
To think the thought,
To breathe the Name
Earth has no higher bliss.

But those who meditate know that the more frequent reaction is spiritual inertia, a coldness and lack of desire. Human beings seem to have a perpetual tendency to have somebody else talk to God for them. We are content to have the message secondhand. At Sinai the people cried out to Moses, "You speak to us, and we will hear; but let not God speak to us, lest we die" (Ex. 20:19). One of the fatal mistakes of Israel was their insistence upon having a human king rather then resting in the theocratic rule of God over them. We can detect a note of sadness in the word of the Lord, "They have rejected me from being king over them" (I Sam 8:7). The history of religion is the story of an almost desperate scramble to have a king, a mediator, a priest, a go-between. In this way we do not need to go to God ourselves. Such an approach saves us from the need to change, for to be in the presence of God is to change. It is very convenient this way because it gives us the advantage of religious respectability without demanding moral transformation. We do not need to observe the American scene very closely to realize that it is captivated by the religion of the mediator.

That is why meditation is so threatening to us. It boldly calls us to enter into the living presence of God for ourselves. It tells us that God is speaking in the continuous present and wants to address us. Jesus and the New Testament writers make clear that this not just for the religious professionals -- the priests -- but for everyone. (Excerpt from Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster)


We can enter the Holy of Holies and converse with the living God!

My favorite passage in scripture is also my prayer:


"This book of the law shall not depart out of (my) mouth; but (I) shalt meditate therein day and night, that (I) mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make (my) way prosperous, and then (I) shalt have good success. "  Joshua 1:8

The Word of God encourages us to meditate:

Ps. 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Ps. 5:1 (To the chief Musician upon Nehiloth, A Psalm of David.) Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.

Psalms 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

Psalms 49:3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

Psalms 63:6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

Psalms 77:12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.

Psalms 104:34 My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.

Psalms 119:15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.

Psalms 119:23 Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.

Psalms 119:48 My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.

Psalms 119:78 Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.

Psalms 119:97O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.

Psalms 119:99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are
my meditation.

Psalms 119:148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.

Psalms 143:5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.

1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

We must realize that we cannot wait on someone to hear from God for us... we must communicate with Him ourselves by meditating on Him and His Word.  It is a personal relationship and no one can do that for us. 

Lord, teach me to meditate on You and Your Word all day -- everyday.   Let me NOT fall back into the human tendency to let someone else talk and listen to God for me... but to learn and develop the discipline of mediation as directed by Your Word.
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