Monday, January 7, 2013

Endeavour to increase spiritual appetites by meditating on spiritual objects.

Endeavour to increase spiritual appetites by meditating on spiritual objects.  
We are to restrain lustful appetites all that we can by casting away and avoiding thoughts and meditations on their objects. We are not allowed by any means to give a lease to our thoughts concerning those things, because that tends to increase lustful desires after them.  
But ‘tis our duty to be much in meditation on the objects of spiritual desire: we should often be thinking upon the glory and grace of God, the excellency and wonderful love of Christ the beauty of holiness...endeavour to promote spiritual appetites, by laying yourself in the way of allurement.”  
- Jonathan Edwards

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
- Psalm 1:1-2

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
- Joshua 1:8

Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
- Psalm 19:13-14

I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.
- Psalm 77:12

I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.
- Psalm 119:14-16

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
- Isaiah 26:3

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
- Colossians 3:16

Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
- Psalm 37:4