Times for Special MeditationPosted: February 4, 2015
The puritans used special times for meditation, and there were five different times they commonly would refer too.
- When God does revive your spirit, spiritual vitality, when the mind is fertile use it to continue its growth.
- When you are cast into perplexities of mind and affliction, on the goodness of the Lord, he will be faithful to those that seek after him.
- When you’re ready to die, looking back on your life, spend the time in the Scriptures keeping constant reminder of the promises God has give to the Christian.
- When the heart is touched by a sermon or sacrament; as the puritans taught it is “best striking when the iron is hot” so that you continue to shape and mold ones mind around the truths of Scripture.
- Before solemn duties, the Lords’ supper, the Sabbath, or after humiliation.
Meditate until you’ve had some sensible communion with God, a sensible benefit conveyed to your soul. The Puritans would commonly use such an analogy; trying to make a fire with wet wood, only the persevering soul will win, first some sparks, and some smoke, but at the last a flame. What if the flame does not ascend? This might discourage if prolonged; if failed today, then try again tomorrow, keeping in mind that it should not become a burden and a bondage to the Christian. (HT: William Bates)