Meditate

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Synonyms: consider, meditate, muse (Psalm 77:12; 143:5), ponder, regard (Psalm 119:15), remember (Psalm 63:6; 143:5), think (on or about)

To meditate is to think about, even to think deeply about, to ponder. The scriptural view of meditation is to meditate on God’s word.  That is, it’s not meditation per se that does us any good – it’s meditation on what God has said.  Moreover, it’s meditation on God’s word with a view to understanding it so as to be able to do it.  Meditation on the word of the Lord thus gives the Spirit of the Lord greater opportunity to work in our hearts and, in that working, give us understanding of God’s words…so that we might act upon them.

This blog exists to provide a structure for meditating on God’s word – one word, one concept at a time.  The more you think about what God has said, the better you will understand it, and the better able you will be to act in accordance with it.

According to www.lockman.org, a search of “meditat” yields 25 verses, the vast majority of which appear below.

According to www.lockman.org, a search Psalm 119 for “meditat” yields 8 verses, and all of them are in the list below.

An asterisk at the beginning of the citation indicates a non-explicit reference to “meditation.”

*John 8:31, 32  –  “…’If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine…'”  –  “Continue” carries the same meaning as “meditate” in this context.
*John 8:31, 32 KJV  –  “…’If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed…'”
*John 8:31, 32 ESV  –  “…’If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples…'”
*John 8:31, 32 NIV  –  “…’If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples…'”

Philippians 4:8, 9

*2 Timothy 2:7  –  “Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.”  –  Paul could have said “Meditate on…” or “ponder what I say, for the Lord will…” and the sentence would have the same meaning.
*2 Timothy 2:7 KJV  –  “Consider what I say…”
*2 Timothy 2:7 ESV  –  “Think over what I say…”
*2 Timothy 2:7 NIV  –  “Reflect on what I am saying…”

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Genesis 24:63  –  “Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening…”

Joshua 1:7-8 – “Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”

Psalm 1:1-3 – “How blessed is the man…his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night…and in whatever he does, he prospers.”

Psalm 4:4  –  “…Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still.”

Psalm 19:14  –  “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight…”

Psalm 63:6  –  “When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches.”  –  As for “the night watches,” see also Psalm 119:148 below.

Psalm 77:12  –  “I will meditate on all Your work and muse on Your deeds.”

Psalm 104:34  –  “Let my meditation be pleasing to Him…”

Psalm 119:15  –  “I will meditate on Your precepts and regard Your ways.”
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Psalm 119:23  –  “Even though princes sit and talk against me, Your servant meditates on Your statutes.”

Psalm 119:27  –  “Make me understand the way of Your precepts, so I will meditate on Your wonders.”
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Psalm 119:48  –  “And I shall lift up my hands to Your commandments, which I love; and I will meditate on Your statutes.”
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Psalm 119:78  –  “May the arrogant be ashamed, for they subvert me with a lit; but I shall meditate on Your precepts.”
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Psalm 119:97  –  “O how I love Your law!  It is my meditation all the day.”
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Psalm 119:99  –  “I have more insight than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation.”
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Psalm 119:148  –  “My eyes anticipate the night watches that I may meditate on your word.”  –  As for “the night watches,” see also Psalm 63:6 above.  According to www.lockman.org, these are the only two verses that show up in a search of “watch meditat”.

Psalm 143:5  –  “I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all Your doings;
I muse on the work of Your hands.”

Psalm 145:5  –  “On the glorious splendor of Your majesty and on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.”

Ecclesiastes 12:9  –  “…and he pondered, searched out and arranged many proverbs.”

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