Solitude and silence

19th October, 2010 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

“I will meditate on Thy precepts.” (Psalm 119:15)

“There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech.”  These words by Charles Spurpeon introduce the devotional thoughts on Psalm 119:15 in the book Morning By Morning.  The well-known Charles Spurgeon then goes on to say that it’s by musing on the precepts of God, by meditating on Scripture, that the child of God is nourished and grows. Just as food must be chewed, swallowed, and digested, so too the spiritual food of God’s Word must be read, thought about, considered, and thought about some more before its full benefit effects our hearts and minds.

Why don’t we meditate more than we do? Because it takes diligence, it requires our minds to work and not be lazy, it necessitates being alone instead of surrounding ourselves with the constant babble of other people and their words,  it means that when we are alone, we must discipline ourselves  to think God’s thoughts instead of keeping a busy mind filled with any other thoughts or images. Maybe we need to confess our proneness to fill our alone time with television shows or news magazines or challenging soduku puzzles. I know I was convicted by Spurgeon’s words!

Spurgeon asks the question: “Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life?”  The answer lies in lack of meditation. The Bible doesn’t identify Psalm 119 as a Psalm of David. but I believe that David understood meditation. He must have filled his long, lonely hours watching sheep with thoughts of his Good Shepherd, and the Psalms he wrote were the results of his frequent meditation.  I want to have a deeper relationship with God, but this will only happen if I take time to meditate on my Heavenly Father.

Meditation is a Christian discipline we don’t understand and practice so little, probably because we don’t understand it. Do you have any good definitions of meditation? Do you have any things that help you meditate on Scripture? I’d like to hear your comments.

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