Meditation is often neglected by the Christian. We pray, but we don’t meditate as we should. Thomas White’s masterful work is one of the finest treatments of the subject of divine meditation in print. It is not only an instruction, but also a devotional.
Instructions for the Art of Divine Meditation, by Thomas White (d. 1672)
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Thomas White (d. 1672) was a Calvinistic Presbyterian divine and Reformed preacher of the Gospel.
Westminster Divine Edmund Calamy said of this work by Thomas White, it is “one of the best books we have on the subject.” So many professing Christians in both his day and ours neglect the Scriptural duty of divine meditation.
White uses Psalm 1:2 as his primary text, “…and on his law doth he meditate day and night.” He gives an explanation of the words together with some short observations, and shows the nature, kinds, and differences of solemn, divine meditation. He clearly demonstrates that meditation is a duty, and then lays out directions, rules and preparations for mediation. He then gives the reader forty-six meditations to read, and then discusses rules given for meditating on scriptural passages. He ends the work with seven meditations on key doctrinal subjects like the mercies of God, sin, death, and the excellencies of Christ. This is a sanctifying and humbling work to teach God’s people how divine meditation is our duty.
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