Communication with God is immensely important, but also difficult. It is real for the Christian, who experiences God in forgiveness and mercy, in love, joy and peace, and in prayer. However, it fluctuates, hence the need for nurture through meditation and similar means.
1. Elevates, because of God’s immensity.
This is true in the material realm, as in contemplation of the vastness of the heavens.
But it is even more true in the spiritual realm. For whereas sin imprisons and dwarfs a man, regeneration restores his dignity, enabling him to contemplate God aright.
2. Sanctifies, because of God’s holiness.
Scriptural meditation is not speculative, springing from curiosity, but practical arising from love, and leading to obedience.
He who meditates on God becomes like God.
3. Blesses, because God is infinitely blessed.
All worldly knowledge and thought fails to satisfy.
But there is joy in meditating upon the divine perfections. Such meditation will prove to be the foundation of heaven’s delight.
Neglect of this meditation leads to neglect of duty, lukewarmness of feelings, and worldliness.
So then, let us practice it habitually, even in our daily duties. Let it suffuse all our experience, and prepare us for heaven.
Based on W.G.T. Shedd, Sermons to the Spiritual Man, ch 1.