2 Chronicles 5:16, Brief Directions Onto a Godly Life, Godly Disciplines, Jeremiah 17:9, John 13:23, Joshua 1:8, Meditation, Paul Bayne, Paul Baynes, Prayer, Preaching, Psalm 110:57, Psalm 119:97, Psalm 15:4, Psalm 55:17, Psalms, Public Prayer, Public Worship, Puritan, Singing, Spiritual Disciplines
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CHAPTER TWELVE: PRIVATE DISCIPLINES, MEDITATION
The second private help is meditation; and that is when we do of purpose separate ourselves from all other things, and consider as we are able and think of some points of instruction necessary to lead us forward to the kingdom of heaven, and the better strengthening us against the Devil and this present evil world, and to the well-ordering of our lives. This heavenly communion with God and ourselves is that which the Fathers called soliloquies: which must be distinguished from ordinary thinking of good things and pondering of words and actions, which yet in Scriptures is called meditation: Joshua 1:8, Psalm 119:97. For that [careful consideration of things] ought never to be wanting [lacking], beinga part of watchfulness, and is exercised together with prayer; but this is more solemn: when a man of set purpose does separate himself from other business to solace himself in these holy and heavenly thoughts.
The matter of this meditation may be on any part of God’s Word, of God himself and his works of mercy and judgment, or our own estate, the vanity and misery of this world and of the manifold privileges which we with the rest of God’s children and joy (but [it should be] especially of those things which we have most special need of).
The great and necessary use of this duty may well appear even in the hearts of good Christians, in which there is much naughtiness; so many rebellions and [such] loathsome filthiness that [it] makes some despair of reforming; and therefore they cease to endeavor it. Yet if such noisome poisons be suffered to lurk and remain in them, they will not only as sour weeds choke the plants of grace within us, but also grow up themselves, and bring forth most noisome and dangerous fruit, as by woeful experience men feel and try.
The Great Benefit of Meditation