Think on these things

It has been said of this generation of Christian believers (in America and the West particularly) that our weakness is that we do not think often enough or deeply enough about God.  It’s not that we hate God or are angry with God or confused about God — our problem is that we are too disinterested about God.  He is not “weighty” enough in our minds and does not rest heavily in our hearts.

The antidote for this sinful malady, counseled Thomas Watson is meditation on God.  He also provides a helpful explanation of what Biblical meditation is —

Meditation may be thus described:  It is a holy exercise of the mind whereby we bring the truths of God to remembrance, and do seriously ponder upon them and apply them to ourselves.  In meditation there are two things:

First, meditation necessitates a Christian’s retiring of himself, a locking himself up from the world.  Meditation is a work which cannot be done in a crowd.

Secondly, it is a serious thinking upon God.  It is not a few transient thoughts that are quickly gone, but a fixing and staying of the mind upon heavenly objects.  This cannot be done without exciting all the powers of our souls and offering violence to ourselves. [Note:  by “violence,” he is thinking of “two things:  mortification of sin and a provocation to duty.”]

The apostle Paul says,

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. (Phil. 4:8; my emphasis)

What is more true than God?  What is more honorable than God?  What is more right and pure and lovely and of good reputation and excellent and worthy of praise than God?  So when Paul says to dwell and think on anything that has these qualities, it is at the same time an admonition to meditate on the One who is most true and honorable and right and pure and lovely and of good reputation and excellent and worthy of praise — God Himself.

The lesson?  Think great and grand thoughts of God throughout the day so that you will be dissatisfied with anything that is not great and grand and glorious and worthy of ultimate praise.

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