GOSPEL MEDITATIONS FOR
THE CONTEMPLATION OF GOD:
Gospel Meditations are both biblically and theologically intense and complex—they are not for everyone. For those who are beginners in the Faith, these might be difficult to grasp. The discipline of examining Scripture and internalizing it requires some spiritual maturity. So then, if at first the going is rough, keep at it and grow in your understanding of both the Bible and theology, while we ask the Holy Spirit to do a “deep” work in us.
So I invite us all to meditate upon, reflect on, contemplate, and consider afresh the Word and Work of our Triune God. Each Gospel meditation will center on a passage of Scripture, and a method of reflection will be outlined each week. Perhaps early in the morning we may rise up and seek Him, as David did, and rejoice at the wonder and beauty of God our Savior.
GOSPEL MEDITATION 2:
"The LORD is Your Keeper"
1 A SONG OF ASCENTS. I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
8 The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. (ESV)
- 1. Find a place where you can be alone and apart.
2. Be comfortably alert, being still and at peace.
3. Say the Lord’s Prayer.
4. Sing the Jesus Prayer.
5. Pray for family, friends, and yourself.
6. Slowly and carefully read the passage.
7. Reread it.
8. List, in your mind, the central points of the Psalm.
9. The theme of the Psalm is “the Lord is your keeper.”
10. Note: Israel’s pagan neighbors built the temples for their idols on hills.
11. The Psalmist does not look to the creation but to the Creator for help.
12. Consider your understanding of “keep.”
13 How has God kept you?
14. Have there been times when you felt God did not “keep” you?
15. What is it that God is concerned with keeping?
16. What needs keeping for you right now?
17. Is there something you learned from the Psalm you could give to someone else?
18. Being quiet, then, let God speak to you through His Word.
- 19. Conclude this Gospel Meditation now with a word of thanks and praise.
Last Update: 2016-09-01 12:11