The Psalms are an excellent place to begin exploration of biblical meditation. Following are excepts of the more explicit references. I’ve left the more implicit ones out as this post is already excessively long. Often the whole psalm is a meditation so make sure you check out the psalms in their entirety if this wets your appetite. One thing to remember – the Psalms are not inherently Christian unless you view them from a New Testament context. Readers need to consider: how did Jesus reframe the law and embody the work of God?
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And on his law he meditates day and night.
In your anger do not sin;
When you are on your beds,
Search your hearts and be silent.
When I consider your heavens,
The work of your fingers,
The moon and the stars,
Which you have set in place,
What is man that you are mindful of him,
The son of man that you care for him?
May the words of my mouth
And the meditation of my heart
Be pleasing in your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
Do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
When they carry out their wicked schemes.
My heart grew hot within me,
And as I meditated, the fire burned;
Then I spoke with my tongue:
Be still, and know that I am God
Within your temple, O God,
We meditate on your unfailing love.
My mouth will speak words of wisdom;
The utterance of my heart will give understanding.
On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
I remembered you, O God, and I groaned;
I mused, and my spirit grew faint.
I remembered my songs in the night.
My heart mused and my spirit inquired:
I will meditate on all your works
And consider all your mighty deeds.
May my meditation be pleasing to him,
As I rejoice in the LORD.
Look to the Lord and his strength;
Seek his face always.
Great are the works of the Lord;
They are pondered by all who delight in them.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
I meditate on your precepts
And consider your ways.
Open my eyes that I may see
Wonderful things in your law.
Though rulers sit together and slander me,
Your servant will meditate on your decrees.
Let me understand the teaching of your precepts;
Then I will meditate on your wonders.
I lift up my hands to your commands, which I love,
And I meditate on your decrees.
May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause;
But I will meditate on your precepts.
Oh, how I love your law!
I meditate on it all day long.
I have more insight than all my teachers,
For I meditate on your statutes.
My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,
That I may meditate on your promises.
I remember the days of long ago;
I meditate on all your works
And consider what your hands have done.
They will speak of the glorious splendour of your majesty,
And I will meditate on your wonderful works.