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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.

Isaiah 40:25-26
"Recognizing the Majesty of God"

To whom then will you compare me,
that I should be like him? says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high and see:
who created these?
He who brings out their host by number,
calling them all by name,
by the greatness of his might,
and because he is strong in power
not one is missing.

1.   Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions.

2.   Be comfortably alert, still and at peace.

3.   Say the Lord's Prayer.

4.   Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer

5.   Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself.

6.   Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.

7.   Reread it.

8.   From memory, determine the central points.

9.   Let Isaiah now apply to us the Bible doctrine of the majesty of God, by asking us the question, “To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him?”

10. This question rebukes wrong thought about God. “Your thoughts of God are too human,” said Luther to Erasmus. This is where most of us go astray. Our thoughts of God are not great enough; we fail to reckon with the reality of his limitless wisdom and power. Because we ourselves are limited and weak, we imagine that at some points God is too, and find it hard to believe that he is not. We think of God as too much like what we are. Put this mistake right, says God; learn to acknowledge the full majesty of your incomparable God and Savior. 1

11. Ask yourself, how do you think of God? Is your conception of him small enough to be understandable in your own terms or do you accept that you will never fully understand him and his majesty? Can you let God be bigger than you can imagine? 

12. Pray to God, who hears all your requests, your complaints, your doubts, your gratitude, your hopes, and your fears. He knows you better than you know yourself. Allow yourself to be known by God.

13. Being quiet now and seek God in the secret places.

1 Taken from J. I. Packer, Knowing God, (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 1973, 1993 ed.), 88.

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Last Update: 2016-09-01 12:11