The “what” of meditation?
Meditation is chewing the cud. –Thomas Watson
Meditation is like the charging of a piece, and prayer like discharging of it. –George Swinnock
Meditation is the best beginning of prayer, and prayer is the best conclusion of meditation.
Meditation will keep your hearts and souls from sinful thoughts. When the vessel is full you can put in no more....If the heart be full of sinful thoughts, there is no room for holy and heavenly thoughts: if the heart be full of holy and heavenly thoughts by meditation, there is no room for evil and sinful thoughts. –William Bridge
Meditation applieth, meditation healeth, meditation instructeth. –Ezekiel Culverwell
If I have observed anything by experience, it is this: a man may take the measure of his growth and decay in grace according to his thoughts and meditations upon the person of Christ, and the glory of Christ’s kingdom, and of His love. –John Owen
What is the reason there is so much preaching and so little practice? For want of meditation....Constant thoughts are operative, and musing makes the fire burn. Green wood is not kindled by a flash or a spark, but by constant blowing. –Thomas Manton
The exercising thyself to godliness in solitude, will be a probable proof of thy uprightness. Men are withheld in company from doing evil by the iron club of fear or shame, and provoked to do good by the golden spurs of praise or profit; but in solitariness there are no such curbs in the way of lust to hinder our passage, nor such baits in the way of holiness to encourage our progress. The naked lineaments and natural thoughts of the soul are discerned in secret.
We do not meditate that we may rest in contemplation, but in order to obedience.
From, A Puritan Golden Treasury, compiled by I. D. E. Thomas; (Published by The Banner of Truth Trust; Carlisle, PA) 1975.