Contemplation

On the glorious splendor of your majesty,

and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.

(Ps 145:7)

A Deck with a View

The word for which I’m looking is Contemplation. Yesterday evening, on the way to Cutter’s, a local lounge, to listen to a jazz ensemble, I struggled with a word that is more acceptable than meditate and yet more adequately describes what I’ve come to refer to as my Garden Times. Earlier in the day I’d sat on the deck staring at the trees in the woods. I thought that if I were to awaken with no knowledge of G-D, I’d look at the trees and they would point to Him. Apostle Paul said as much.

This “thinking” on the deck is more than mere thought, however. But meditating is a word with connotations of emptying oneself and opening oneself up to some Universe Power. Meditating is occasionally referred to as letting go of one’s “monkey mind” and of “becoming one with the Universe.” Neither is my intent, nor is simply thinking.

Perhaps this deep thought might be called prayer in a Christian Church. Yet prayer is so ambiguous. It can mean so many different things. Reading a Psalm is considered prayer to a Jewish man praying Psalm 145 in the morning. Then there are the “Prayers of the People” in an Episcopal and a Roman Catholic Church service in which the priest reads a list of items and the congregation speaks a liturgical response after each item on the list. Prayer is often just humans speaking to G-D as children recite the Pledge of Allegiance at school.

Neither meditation nor prayer do justice to experiencing G-D’s presence in contemplation. That’s the best word for my Garden Times. “On the glorious splendor of your majesty and on your wondrous works, I will contemplate.” I will contemplate the glorious splendor of G-D’s majesty. I will contemplate G-D’s wondrous works. I will hear G-D’s response and prompting and perhaps catch a glimpse of Him. I shall be as the women who sought to but touch the hem of Yeshua’s garment. I will, like Job, hear G-d say He will ask a question and require my response. I might hear G-D say something to which I might, like Abraham, respond boldly with “don’t be angry, but might Your servant ask just one thing more?” I want to cry aloud, as King David:

We have thought on your steadfast love, O G-d,

in the midst of your temple.

As your name, O G-d,

so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth.

Your right hand is filled with righteousness.

Let Mount Zion be glad!

Let the daughters of Judah rejoice

because of your judgments!

(Psalm 48:9, 10, 11)

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6 thoughts on “Contemplation

  1. Yes Wil very True, God tells us to Meditate on His Inspired Words in Scripture and as we know we all need His Wisdom and Empowering through the Holy Spirit to understand His Truth. The Scriptures below confirm it’s the only way, Worldly wisdom won’t do it for us.

    Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get Wisdom: and with all thy getting get Understanding.

    1 Corinthians 2:9-16 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of Man, the things which God hath prepared for them that Love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea the deep things of God. For what Man knoweth the things of a Man, save the spirit of Man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no Man but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak not in the words which Man’s wisdom teacheth but which the Holy Ghost Teacheth comparing spiritual things with Spiritual. But the Natural Man receiveth not the things of The Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him neither can he know them because they are Spiritually discerned. But he that is Spiritual judgeth all things yet he himself is judged of no Man. For who hath known the Mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him? but we have The Mind of Christ.

    John 16:13 -15. Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all Truth: for He shall not speak of Himself but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for He shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that He shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

    Christian Love Wil and God’s Abundant Blessings Now and Always,

    Anne. ( Grannie Annie)

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    1. As Jude wrote, I pass on to you, Anne:

      But you, dear friend, as you build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, expecting the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life. Have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; have mercy on others but with fear, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.

      Now to Him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless and with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority before all time, now and forever. •Alien
      (Jude 20—25)

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  2. Thank you Will for sharing this Scripture, it confirms again what I shared in my last Post; we remember too that Jesus tells us to Ask , Seek and Knock and He says that some don’t have because they don’t Ask or they ask with a Worldly Focus not God’s.

    It is very True Wil what you shared in this Scripture; ……. “Build yourselves up in your most Holy Faith and Pray in The Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the Love of God.”

    Yes as it confirms Wil; we are to Work out our Salvation but not meaning work for it, we will show we have it but we are saved by God’s Mercy and Grace, He knew our Hearts even before we were Conceived. He knew us as His own by His Foreknowledge of our Heart’s Repentance showing we believe in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour and as we know Wil He is the only way for us to be in Unity with our Abba Father and not One of us will be lost, He Protects our Soul … How good is that!

    Blessings – Anne ( Grannie Annie)

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    1. Anne, I like the way you put it that we “are to work out our salvation, but not meaning work for it. . .”

      “יהוה bless you and guard you;
      יהוה make His face shine upon you, and show favor to you;
      יהוה lift up His face upon you, and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)

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