thomas-watson1Grace breeds delight in God, and delight breeds meditation. Meditation is a duty wherein consists the essentials of religion, and which nourishes the very life-blood of it. That the Psalmist may show how much the godly man is habituated to this blessed work of meditation, he subjoins, “In his law does he meditate day and night;” not but that there may be sometimes intermission: God allows time for our calling, he grants some relaxation; but when it is said, the godly man meditates day and night, the meaning is, frequently-he is much conversant in the duty.

It is a command of God to pray without ceasing, 1 Thess. 5:17. The meaning is-not that we should be always praying-but that we should every day set some time apart for prayer. We read in the Old law it was called the continual sacrifice, Numbers 28:24, not that the people of Israel did nothing else but sacrifice-but because they had their stated hours, every morning and evening they offered, therefore it was called the continual sacrifice. Thus the godly man is said to meditate day and night, that is, he is often at this work, he is no stranger to meditation.

Doctrine. The proposition that results out of the text is this-that a godly Christian is a meditating Christian, Psalm 119:15. “I will meditate in your precepts.” 1 Tim. 4:15, “Meditate upon these things.” Meditation is the chewing upon the truths we have heard. The beasts in the old law which did not chew the cud, were unclean; the professor who does not by meditation chew the cud, is to be accounted unclean. Meditation is like the watering of the seed, it makes the fruits of grace to flourish. From A Christian on the Mount By Thomas Watson.

Romans 11:36
Grace and Peace to you
in Him who saves -Lenny


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2 Responses to Meditation

  1. Lenny – I just went back several months and noticed that you’ve posted a number of excerpts on Christian meditation, and many of them are from the classics. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This is such a lost discipline among believers today. So often we meditate on our problems, meditation on hopeful outcomes, meditate on that which entertains us, and fail to meditate on God’s Word. I plan to share some links to these posts in the future post on my site. Thanks again!

    Worship Mindfully!
    Ricky Spears

  2. Hey Ricky

    Thanks for your comment,I appreciate Your passion for meditating on God’s word. I marked your website.

    You only have to go to Psalm 1:2 (But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night) to see the Psalmist would rather meditate on God’s word than walk with the wicked.

    In order to meditate on God’s word there must be a desire and a delight for the word of God, a desire to read it and study it 2 Timothy 2:15.

    It says in 1 Peter 2:1-2 Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander,like newborn babies,long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,

    Hopefully we all can say as the psalmist said Psalm 119:27 Make me understand the way of Your precepts, So I will meditate on Your wonders.

    Romans 11:36
    Grace and Peace to you
    in Him who saves -Lenny

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