Meditation: A Form of Prayer
Psalms 1:1-2 says, "Oh, The Joys of those who do not follow evil men's advice, who do not hang around with sinners, scoffing at the things of God. But they delight in doing everything God wants them to, and day and night are always meditating on his laws and thinking about ways to follow him more closely." (Living Bible) Since man cannot keep the law from birth it is evident that he cannot be saved from the curse of sin.
In Psalms, the Bible's great prayer book, we are called over and over again to meditation. What is needed for us is that we learn to wait on God. Psalm 63:6 says, "I will lie awake at night thinking of you, of how much you have helped me and how I rejoice through the night beneath the protecting shadow of your wings." Psalm 1:2 introduces a whole collection of songs and prayers by reminding us that happy are those whose delight is in the Law of God, and on God's Law they meditate day and night. Meditation is the act of giving time back to God. Meditation is a form of Prayer in which self is brought before God and offered to Him. Our bodies must be still; that our mind and spirit may also be still. So long we have prayed the Lordís Prayer in a hurry without thinking what we are saying. Maybe during meditation we can really pray the Lord's prayer.
Sometimes God wants to say to His children, "Be still and know that I am God". This is much like what we as parents would say to our children, "Be quite and listen". We might say, I do try to be quiet at "Quite Times" and listen for God to speak, but the telephone rings or a neighbor appears. It is even hard to stop our thoughts from racing away. The world is saying -Be busy, Be active, Be industrious, Hurry, Worry. We must become quiet of heart and spirit, so that we can sense the presence of God. There is in the deepest center of the believer's soul a chamber of peace where God dwells and where, if we will only enter in- and meditate- we can here God's voice, it here we can become disconnected from self, from place, and thought. So let us meditate more seriously and re-new our strength to day by waiting upon the Lord to speak to us. Then we can run and not grow weary, we can walk and not faint. Take time to check out the marvelous things Christ has for our lives.
Alma Lee Simpson
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