Learning How to Meditate

Joel Beeke

 

Perhaps nowhere are the Puritans so helpful as in offering guidelines for the process of spiritual, biblical meditation. Here’s an outline of their method.

First, ask the Holy Spirit for assistance. Pray for the power to harness your mind and to focus the eyes of faith on this task. As Edmund Calamy wrote,

“I would have you pray unto God to enlighten your understandings, to quicken your devotion, to warm your affections, and so to bless that hour unto you, that by the meditation of holy things you may be made more holy, you may have your lusts more mortified, and your graces more increased, you may be the more mortified to the world, and the vanity of it, and lifted up to Heaven, and the things of Heaven.”[1]

Next, read the Scriptures, then select a verse or doctrine upon which to meditate. It may be best to pick out relatively easy subjects to meditate on at the beginning. For example, begin with the attributes of God rather than the doctrine of the Trinity. Also, consider subjects one at a time.

 

Read more: https://www.reformation21.org/blog/learning-how-to-meditate

The Why and the How of Scripture Meditation

The main reason we struggle to remember what we read in Scripture is not a faulty memory, but a faulty Bible-intake method, says professor Donald Whitney.

Find out more: http://www.kevinhalloran.net/the-why-and-the-how-of-scripture-meditation/

Thoughts on silence

‘There is an indifferent or even negative attitude toward silence which sees in it a disparagement of God’s revelation in the Word. Silence is misunderstood as a solemn gesture, as a mystical desire to get beyond the Word. Silence is no longer seen in its essential relationship to the Word, as the simple act of the individual who falls silent under the Word of God.

We are silent before hearing the Word because our thoughts are already focused on the Word, as children are quiet when they enter their father’s room.

We are silent after hearing the Word because the Word is still speaking and living and dwelling within us. We are silent early in the morning because God should have the first word, and we are silent before going to bed because the last word also belongs to God.

We remain silent solely for the sake of the Word, not thereby to dishonour the Word but rather to honour and receive it properly.

In the end, silence means nothing other than waiting for God’s Word and coming from God’s Word with a blessing.’

~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together, p.84-85