Glorifying God Through Divine Meditation by Thomas Vincent (1634-1678)What the Bible says about Godly Meditation through the Word
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QUESTION 4: How ought we to worship and glorify God?
ANSWER: We ought to worship and glorify God as the only right object of divine worship and honor: 1. In our minds, by thinking, meditating, remembering, and highly esteeming of him. “A book of remembrance was written before him, for them that thought on his name” (Mal. 3:16). “When I remember thee on my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches” (Ps. 63:6). “O God, who is like unto thee?” (Ps. 71:19). 2. In our wills, by choosing him for our chief good, and devoting ourselves to his service. “Ye have chosen the Lord, to serve him” (Josh. 24:22). 3. In our hearts, by loving him, desiring him, fearing him, believing and trusting in him, grieving for our sins against him, hoping in him, delighting and rejoicing in him. “And now, Israel, what does the Lord thy God require of thee but to fear the Lord thy God, and to love him?” etc. (Deut. 10:12). “The desire of our soul is to thy name” (Isa. 26:8). “And the people believed the Lord and his servant Moses” (Ex. 14:31). “Trust ye in the Lord for ever” (Isa. 26:4). “I will be sorry for my sin” (Ps. 38:18). “Let Israel hope in the Lord” (Ps. 130:7). “Delight thyself in the Lord” (Ps. 37:4). 4. In our lips, by calling upon him, and speaking well of his name. “In everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God” (Phil. 4:6). “My mouth shall speak of the praise of the Lord” (Ps. 145:21). 6. In our lives, by yielding all obedience unto him, being zealous for his glory, careful to please him, fearful of offending him, and by walking humbly before him. “This thing commanded I them, Obey my voice, and walk ye in all the ways that I commanded” (Jer. 7:23). “The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up” (John 2:17). “Walk worthy of the Lord, unto all pleasing” (Col. 1:10). “How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Gen. 39:9). “Walk humbly with thy God” (Micah 6:8).
Thomas Vincent, (1996). A family instructional guide (electronic edition based on the first Banner of Truth ed., 1980., pp. 117–118). Simpsonville, SC: Christian Classics Foundation.