What’s On Your Mind?

 

Proverbs 23:7 “FOR AS HE THINKETH IN HIS HEART, SO is HE….”

 

I Timothy 4:13-15 “TILL I COME, GIVE ATTENDANCE TO READING, TO EXHORTATION, TO DOCTRINE.  NEGLECT NOT THE GIFT THAT IS IN THEE, WHICH WAS GIVEN THEE BY PROPHECY, WITH THE LAYING ON OF THE HANDS OF THE PRESBYTERY.  MEDIATE UPON THESE THINGS; GIVE THYSELF WHOLLY TO THEM; THAT THY PROFITING MAY APPEAR TO ALL.”

 

In this fast paced, gotta be there in a hurry, should have done it yesterday world do you take time to meditate?

Well, first of all what do we mean by meditation?  In eastern religions, yoga and transcendental meditation what is called meditation is a passive state where you completely empty your mind.  But that’s precisely the opposite of what is meant by that English word in the western world and also the words in scripture from which it was translated.  It involves concentration, alertness, and energy.  In the Old Testament we might find it as “muse”.  That word literally means to “mutter” as when we working on a problem and maybe even talking to ourselves.  In the New Testament it is used to mean “to revolve in the mind”, to take things and turn them over and over again, “to be absorbed in them.”

 

What Should Christians Meditate Upon?

 

Our minds will be literally filled with something every waking moment, sports, boy-friends, girl-friends, our spouses, making money, grandchildren perhaps.  What are your (day-dreaming) thoughts about during an average day? Is it upon the precious blessings of God, spiritual things or is it on the world around us, our physical wants, wishes and material things?

 

Christians should meditate on the loving-kindness of God:

 

Psalms 63:3, 6, 7 “BECAUSE THY LOVINGKINDNESS is BETTER THAN LIFE, MY LIPS SHALL PRAISE TREE.  WHEN I REMEMBER THEE UPON MY BED, and MEDITATE ON TREE IN THE NIGHTWATCHES.  BECAUSE THOU HAST BEEN MY HELP, THEREFORE IN THE SHADOW OF THY WINGS WILL I  REJOICE.”

 

Christians Should Meditate Upon the Labor of God:

 

Psalms 77:11-12 “I WILL REMEMBER THE WORKS OF THE LORD: SURELY I WILL REMEMBER THY WONDERS OF OLD.  I WILL MEDITATE ALSO OF ALL THY WORK, AND TALK OF THY DOINGS.

 

Christians Should Meditate Upon the Law of God:

 

Joshua 1:8” THIS BOOK OF THE LAW SHALL NOT DEPART OUT OF THY MOUTH; BUT THOU SHALT MEDITATE THEREIN DAY AND NIGHT, THAT THOU MAYEST OBSERVE TO DO ACCORDING TO ALL THAT IS WRITTEN THEREIN: FOR THEN THOU SHALT MAKE THY WAY PROSPEROUS, AND THEN THOU SHALT HAVE GOOD SUCCESS.”

 

Christians Should Meditate Upon the Lovely Things of Life:

 

Philippians 4:8 “BRETHREN, WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE TRUE, WHATSOEVER THINGS are HONEST, WHATSOEVER THINGS are JUST, WHATSOEVER THINGS are PURE, WHATSOEVER THINGS are LOVELY, WHATSOEVER THINGS are OF GOOD REPORT; IF there be ANY VIRTUE, AND IF there be ANY PRAISE, THINK ON THESE THINGS.”

 

We grow like our thoughts; we cannot entertain impure thoughts without becoming corrupt, and we cannot think good thoughts without becoming better. Our works will follow our meditation.

 

What effect will meditation have on our spiritual lives?

 

It will set our souls on fire:

 

Psalms 39:3 “MY HEART WAS HOT WITHIN ME, WHILE I WAS MUSING THE FIRE BURNED: then SPAKE I WITH MY TONGUE,”

 

Meditation upon a wrong done will set a soul on fire with revenge:

 

Romans 12:19 “DEARLY BELOVED, AVENGE NOT YOURSELVES, BUT rather GIVE PLACE UNTO WRATH: FOR IT IS WRITTEN, VENGEANCE is MINE; I Will REPAY, SAITH THE LORD.”

 

Meditation upon the possessions and talents of others may set a soul on fire with jealousy or covetousness:

 

Proverbs 27:4 “WRATH is CRUEL, AND ANGER is OUTRAGEOUS; BUT WHO is ABLE TO STAND BEFORE ENVY?”

 

Meditate upon filth and the soul will burn with lust

 

I Peter 2:11 “DEARLY BELOVED, I BESEECH you AS STRANGERS AND PILGRIMS, ABSTAIN FROM FLESHLY LUSTS, WHICH WAR AGAINST THE SOUL;”

 

Meditate upon the truth, and the fires of love and zeal will be kindled:

 

Titus 2:14 “WHO GAVE HIMSELF FOR US, THAT HE MIGHT REDEEM US FROM ALL INIQUITY, AND PURIFY UNTO HIMSELF A PECULIAR PEOPLE, ZEALOUS OF GOOD WORKS.”

 

The fires that build us up or destroy us are lit in the soul and fanned by meditation.  The height of the flame is determined by the amount of musing involved.  Hearts on fire for the Lord will be bold.  We will not have to be asked to do that which we are capable of doing in God’s service.  At the same time if our meditation is on the things of this world; wealth, possessions, that little sports car that we want so badly, that will be our focus and God will be left out of our lives.

 

Meditation will make us glad:

 

Psalm 104:33-34 “I WILL SING UNTO THE LORD AS LONG AS I LIVE: I WILL SING PRAISE TO MY GOD WHILE I HAVE MY BEING.  MY MEDITATION OF HIM SHALL BE SWEET: I WILL BE GLAD IN THE LORD.”

 

Meditation on the things above will strengthen our souls:

 

It is not necessarily the one who reads the Bible the most, but the one who prays and meditates upon divine truths the most that will be the strongest Christian.  Meditation makes Christianity real — it takes it out of the realm of theory to the realm of reality and practicality.  The subconscious mind is a fire- less cooker where ideas simmer while we “loaf.”  We’re told that Newton was loafing when he saw an apple fall and discovered what man calls gravity.  We’re told that Galileo watched a lamp swing and got the idea of the pendulum swinging as a means of measuring the passing of time.

 

It will make our profiting appear to all:

 

Profit means ‘a cutting forward; an advance.”  It could be translated “progress” or even “growth.”  When we spend our time in meditation on the Word of God others will be able to see it at work in our lives.  We will become as Paul encouraged Timothy:

 

I Timothy 4:15 “MEDITATE UPON THESE THINGS; GIVE THYSELF WHOLLY TO THEM; THAT THY PROFITING MAY APPEAR TO ALL.”

 

As Jesus encouraged us in the sermon on the mount:

 

Matthew 5:16 “ YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE BEFORE MEN, THAT THEY MAY SEE YOUR GOOD WORKS, AND GLORIFY YOUR FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN.”

 

If we meditate upon God’s Word, we won’t have to tell people that we are Christian.  We won’t have to wonder what influence God, Christ and the church are having in our lives.  So how are you using the time you spend in meditation? Is it Christ centered or on worldly things?  Is it focused on our ultimate goal of reaching heaven as a child of God when we depart from this world?

 

If you have need tonight to come to confess Jesus Christ and be baptized for the remission of your sins or if you need to go to God in prayer for a public sin come to Him as we stand and sing.