Now that you know the origin of meditation, why it was instituted, and how it was practiced, by early people. You may be surprised to know that the practice of calling upon the name of the Lord appears frequently in the Bible, more than most people think.
Here's just a few more ways calling on the name of the Lord is revealed in the Scriptures. Remember, Genesis 4:26 describes chanting, or singing, God's name. With the following verses you may visualize the Old Testament patriarchs melodically verbalizing God's name.
Scripture And Meditation Advice
Build An Altar
In the Old Testament, chanting God's name was an act of respect and worship and closely associated with the construction of altars.
Then he proceeded from there to the mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the LORD and called upon the name of the LORD.
So he built an altar there and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there; and there Isaac's servants dug a well.
Building an alter for your Christian meditation practice might something you can consider as a way improve your relationship with God.
Time To Chant
Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.
If you haven't incorporated chanting into your meditation, maybe it's time to start. According to Pslam 116:2 God listens to our chanting. Chanting is a great way to communicate with God.
Improve Your Meditation With A Pure Heart
2 Timothy 2:22
Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
Need to calm your mind during meditation, try chanting. According to 2 Timothy 2:22 sinful thought and temptation will be removed from our mind if we call on the name of the Lord. How often should we call on the name of the Lord?
According to Psalm 116:2, as long as you live, and Job declares that the righteous call on the name of the all the time - Job 27:10. Calling on the name of the Lord and the purity of heart is further emphasized by Psalm 53:4 which describes a state of wickedness in the absence of a chanting practice. A point we explored in part one of this article.
Closeness To God
Pour out Your wrath upon the nations which do not know You, And upon the kingdoms which do not call upon Your name.
This Psalm associates tangible knowledge of God and the calling of God's name. Do you want a closer relationship with god during meditation? Try chanting God's name for 5 to 10 minutes before you meditate.
Meditating During Troubled Times
One of the hardest times to meditate is when we face what appears to be insurmountable challenges. It is virtually impossible to calm the mind enough and enter a state of meditation with God. Here's what the word of God has to say about that:
Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.
I called on Your name, O LORD, out of the lowest pit.
According to scripture calling on God's name when we face challenges will opens the door to God's love, light, and mercy, and lift us out of troubled times. In other words, we will reach a state of peace inside and outside with God when we call on His name. And it is all to His glory that we may praise Him even more.
2 Samuel 22:4
I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies.
Want Revelation During Your Meditation?
Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.
According to Jeremiah 33:3 God will answer those who call Him with revelation from heaven.
These verses are from Old Testament scriptures. During ancient times calling on the name of the Lord was observed as a verbal chant known as a calling, and it was primarily observed by those who were devout followers who wanted an encounter with God.
From the practice of calling on God's name starting in Genesis 4:26 several benefits were observed which are recounted for us in scripture, purity of heart, closeness to God, protection, and revelation. All this are activities of God over us, His people, when we chant or call His name.
But these were benefits observed by ancient people who had no technical background or modern scientific devices. Today we can observe changes in biology, chemistry, and psychology. With the aid of technology and vast amounts of experimental data gathered over centuries our understanding of the human being has reached a pinnacle unlike any other time.
So it;s time to go deeper into the benefits of chanting. While our Old Testament forefathers observed and documented the spiritual benefits of reciting the name of God, we will explore how chanting affects the body.
Continue reading - Part 3