How Should Christians Meditate?

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How should Christians meditateJoshua 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.

Thomas Watson (1620-1686) wrote a book on Christian meditation. As a Puritan, he pastored St. Stephen’s Walbrook in London. Charles Spurgeon said of Watson, “There is a happy union of sound doctrine, heart-searching experience, and practical wisdom throughout all his works.”

Listed here are quotes from his book, The Christian on the Mount:

“God allows time for our calling. He grants some relaxation; but when it is said that the godly man meditates day and night, the meaning is frequently, he is much conversant in the duty.”

“Meditation is chewing on the truths we have heard.”

“Meditation is the palate of the soul whereby we taste the goodness of God; it is the eye of the soul whereby we view the beauties of holiness.”

“Meditation is the soul’s retiring of itself so that, by a serious and solemn thinking upon God, the heart may be raised up to heavenly affections.”

“A Christian enters into meditation as a man enters into the hospital, that he may be healed. Meditation heals the soul of its deadness and earthliness, but more of this afterward.”

“Study is a work of the brain, meditation of the heart; study sets the mind at work, meditation sets the heart to work.”

“Meditation on God’s truth would make us ambitious to imitate him. We would be true in our words, true in our dealings.”

“Meditation on worldly vanity would be like the digging about the roots of a tree to loosen it from the earth. It would much loosen our hearts from the world and be an excellent preservative against the love of earthly things.”

“Meditate much on hell. Let us go into hell by contemplation so that we may not go into hell by condemnation….The serious meditation on hell would make us fear sin as much as hell.”

“Without meditation, the truths of God will not stay with us. The heart is hard and the memory slippery; and without meditation all is lost! Meditation imprints and fastens a truth in the mind.”

“Just so, it is hard climbing up the rocky hill of meditation; but when we get to the top, there is a pleasant prospect, and we shall sometimes think ourselves even in heaven. By holy meditation the soul, as it were, has breakfast with God every morning.”

“Meditation is an excellent means to profit by the Word. Reading may bring a truth into the head, but meditation brings it into the heart!”

“Holy meditation would have quenched that wildfire of lust.”

“Meditation is a spiritual index. The index shows what is in the book; just so meditation shows what is in the heart.”

Blessings,

Pastor Michael

 

Michael Wilburn
Senior Pastor
mwilburn@ibcrichmond.org