Meditation In The Old Testament
This article covers Meditation in The Old Testament.
Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.
The Old Testament (abbreviated OT) is the first part of Christian Bibles, based primarily upon the Hebrew Bible (or Tanakh), a collection of ancient religious writings by the Israelites believed by most Christians and religious Jews to be the sacred Word of God. The second part of the Christian Bible is the New Testament.
The Importance of Deep Thinking in the Old Testament
On my bed I remember You; I think of You through the watches of the night. (Psalms, 63:6)
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night. (Psalms, 1:2)
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember Your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all Your works and consider all Your mighty deeds. (Psalms, 77:11-12)
Though rulers sit together and slander me, Your servant will meditate on Your decrees. Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors. (Psalms, 119:23-24)
Oh, how I love Your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on Your statutes. (Psalms, 119:97-99)
I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in Your word. My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on Your promises. (Psalms, 119:147-148)
I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw. (Proverbs, 24:32)
Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what He has made crooked? When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider… (Ecclesiastes 7:13-14)
… I rejoice in following Your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on Your precepts and consider Your ways. I delight in Your decrees; I will not neglect Your word. (Psalms, 119:13-16)
Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God’s wonders. (Job, 37:14)
Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. (Joshua, 1:8)
I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all Your works and consider… I spread out my hands to You; my soul thirsts for You like a parched land. (Psalms, 143:5-6)
Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. (Psalms, 111:2)
But be sure to fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things He has done for you. (1 Samuel, 12:24)
… for I delight in Your commands because I love them. I lift up my hands to Your commands, which I love, and I meditate on Your decrees. (Psalms, 119:47-48)
My heart grew hot within me, and as I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue: “Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life.” (Psalms, 39:3-4)
One generation will commend Your works to another; they will tell of Your mighty acts. They will speak of the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and I will meditate on Your wonderful works, they will tell of the power of Your awesome works. (Psalms, 145:4-5)
Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.” (Haggai, 1:5)
“Now give careful thought to this from this day on… I struck all the work of your hands with blight, mildew and hail, yet you did not turn to Me,” declares the Lord. “… Give careful thought.” (Haggai, 2:15-18)
So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God’s hands. (Ecclesiastes, 9:1)
… When I think of all this, I fear Him. (Job, 23:15)
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