The Whole Duty of Divine Meditation - by Richard Allestree (1619-1681)

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Do you meditate on the scriptures daily? Richard Allestree teaches this most neglected spiritual discipline to help Christians glorify God in personal devotions.

The Whole Duty of Divine Meditation – by Richard Allestree (1619-1681).

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Richard Allestree (1619-1681) (also Allestry) was an English divine during the era of the Westminster Assembly. He was a man of extensive learning, of moderate views and a fine preacher, generous and charitable, of, “a solid and masculine kindness,” and of a fiery disposition.

Allestree says, “meditation is a serious and solemn considering of heavenly things in the word of God, to the end that Christians may understand how much of God’s word concerns them, and that their hearts may be raised to holy passion and resolution to do what it says every day they live here on earth.”

Godly meditation is part of the three legs to the stool of a Christian’s spiritual devotions. Spiritual devotions, or the three spiritual disciplines comprise Bible reading, prayer and pondering the word of God, or what we call godly meditation. This meditation is the musing and mental study of heavenly truths. It is working the practical truths of the Bible into one’s soul. In this, Christians are captivated with God’s disclosure of heavenly truths to them in the bible. In the bible God displays himself to them. God is the infinite First-being, worthy of all love for Himself, and communicates that love to His people. They in turn love him back. Loving him back includes thinking about him. Though Christians live in the world, they have communion with the God of heaven through the word of God, throughout the whole course of their lives. They do this through godly meditation.

Allestree not only shows what meditation is, and how it is to be done, but gives the reader twenty-eight meditations so that he can enter into a profitable time of daily meditation by practical example.

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