Here is the final reading of that wonderful outline from Mark Copeland on the discipline of meditation:
III. HOW TO MEDITATE
A. FIND A QUIET TIME AND PLACE...
1. For Isaac, it was in the field at evening - Gen 24:63
2. For David, it was in bed during the night watches - Ps 4:4; 63:6;
-- A time and place free from distraction
B. CONTEMPLATE SOMETHING OF VALUE...
1. David focused his meditation on three things:
a. The Lord Himself - Ps 63:6
b. His wonderful Works - Ps 77:12
c. His revealed Word - Ps 119:15,23,48,97-99,148
2. Paul mentioned things that possess virtue and are praiseworthy
- Php 4:8
a. Whatever is noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report
b. Which could include devotional writings by uninspired authors
-- A subject or object worthy of mindful contemplation
C. LET THE BIBLE BE YOUR PRIMARY FOCUS...
1. Read it contemplatively every day - Ps 1:2; 119:15
2. Read it with a prayer in your heart - cf. Ps 119:18
3. As you read, occasionally read it aloud to yourself
a. The Hebrew word in Ps 1:2 for meditate means "to mutter"
b. Reading slowly and audibly helps to focus one's mind on the
4. As you read, you might ask yourself the following questions:
a. Is there some truth I should know from this verse?
b. How does this passage affect a previously held conviction?
c. Is there something I should stop doing in light of this
d. Is there a practice I should change?
e. Is there a habit I ought to begin?
5. You might end with a prayer such as David's - cf. Ps 119:10
-- "Hold the Word of God in your heart until it has affected every
phase of your life...this is meditation."
1. In Ps 19:14, we find David praying:
"Let the words of mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
"O Lord, my strength and my redeemer."
2. By heeding Paul's command ("meditate on these things" - Php 4:8), we
can ensure that our meditations will be acceptable in the sight of
Together with frequent prayer, the practice of meditation will go a long
way toward exercising one's self unto godliness...!
Peace and Blessings,