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Fundamentals Of Meditation (Part 6. Can God Say You Are Lovely?)

Updated on August 27, 2015

Although part of a series, this is a complete study on its own. (6 of 9 in series)

* all [bracketed] words in Scripture verses are mine *

We have been looking into things in which we should ponder when we meditate. It is now time to examine things that are lovely . In the previous four articles we have considered things that are true, honest, just and pure .

Beginning with the article Fundamentals of Meditation (Part 1. Christian Meditation vs. New Age Meditation), this series hopes to shed light on those things that would help sharpen the practice of meditation before a holy God. Meditation we covered, has the same elements as that of worship. To prepare to meditate, one must look inwardly and confess any un-confessed sins before God. Sin comes between God and the person that would wish to receive anything while meditating. This confession is really an emptying of oneself out, of all attitudes, and pretense, and anything that would prevent fellowship with God. It is at this time that requests on behalf of others and any for the person's own needs would be asked. Lastly, a confiding in God, as one would with a person that is a trusted friend and ally. It is a time of speaking all the desires of one's heart. Finally, with a Scripture principle, or verse, or concept on one's mind, one waits at the Lord's feet for anything that may be given him. It may be a renewed energy to witness, a new way to see a trial, a new insight into how to do a ministry for others, a new course of study to get closer to God and grow, or any number of other things that God may give. And of course the one meditating will be given a measure of the two promises that were mentioned in Paul's passage, a peace that passes all understanding and health of the mind.

"Rejoice in the Lord alway; and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation [control of self] be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful [anxious] for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think [meditate] on these things." (Philippians 4:4-8)

These are things that will prove to be lovely.
These are things that will prove to be lovely. | Source

The word lovely is such a quaint, archaic word, barely used anymore. The question "How do I look?" will hardly get anyone saying, "You are lovely." It seems to understate the feeling that people would like to hear. People want to hear they are beautiful, ravishing, hot, smokin'; but "lovely" is like the word fine. It seems to mean just okay, or barely acceptable. I think that we can conclude that its meaning and usage has changed over the years. To say someone was lovely in years past was akin to saying that there was irresistible beauty causing attraction. If a man were to say someone was lovely it would prompt the question, "What are your intentions?" Suffice it to say the word lovely had a great deal more weight to it then.

A hint of how powerful the word was, in its correct context, is in the verse of Scripture in Isaiah 52:7 that says:

"How beautiful (lovely) upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!"

Nothing is as important as salvation of the lost to our God who loved us and gave His life for us. God says that the dirty, smelly feet of those that would witness to the precious souls needing salvation are beautiful or lovely. Even God Himself and the courts of heaven are considered lovely. Here are some other references to give you an idea of how the word has lost its import over the years.

"How lovely is Your tabernacle O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God." (Psalm 84:1-2)

"The utterance of him who hears the words of God, who sees the vision of the Almighty, who falls down with eyes wide open: 'How lovely are your tents, O Jacob! Your dwellings O Israel.'" (Numbers 24:4-5)

"Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing praises to His name for it is pleasant[or transliterated: "celebrate His lovely name with music"]." (Psalm 135:3)

"And in all the land were found no women so beautiful [lovely] as the daughters of Job; and their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers." (Job 42:15)

The word lovely had no gender for the word was used to mean handsome, beautiful, wonderful but always in the superlative.

That is the Old testament Hebrew, now let's look at the word used by Paul in his Philippian letter. The word lovely is the Greek word prosphiles (pros-fee-lace') which means acceptable, friendly towards. It comes from a combining of two words, the first pros which means toward or to be accepted, acceptable and philos which is one of the forms of love in the Bible referring to loyalty (kiss of loyalty) allegiance, in Scriptural terms a brotherly love possible in the Spirit's power only. (This type of love in the superlative is still less then the sacrificial love of agapeo that Christ exemplified when He died for us).

So a definition of the "lovely things" Paul spoke of would be anything that would bring you closer or toward God. The things that are acceptable in His sight, people and things that inspire loyalty to God and to God's will would be lovely things. These would include things like church services, prayer partners, loyal servants that can be emulated, inspiring books that cause devotional thoughts and studies, for an example. Thinking on why the burden for souls is so strong in some and how one may emulate that, is thinking on things that are lovely. All manner of things that brings one closer to God and at which God would show His approval, are lovely things.

God shows His lovely things in so many aspects of our lives. Seeing things through God's eyes of reasoning will let one see the loveliness in all of God's will. It is possible to see the most horrible things and when one sees it through God's eyes of understanding, can see its loveliness. A death, so horrible to the survivors, but lovely because of the soul that goes on to God. Sickness, an accident, injury - horrible- but when seen with God's eyes may be lovely to behold. Sickness is a time to be with God and renew one's relationship with Him, to learn reliance. Accident or injury is horrible or can be, but with God's will in mind, a thing of loveliness from which we can learn, like Joni Eareckson Tada, who did not even acknowledge God until wheelchair bound, but now is a powerhouse for God, lovely!

Loveliness is a concept that will elude one that does not know Christ as his or her Savior. It will be so hard to see any loveliness because it is Spiritually discerned. If you have trouble seeing the lovely things of life maybe you have not asked Jesus into your heart to save you from your sins. Maybe there has been no time where you have realized you were like everyone ever born- you are a sinner. Sin has ruled your life from the time you were born because it was passed to you from the first pair of humans Adam and Eve. Jesus came to bleed and die to save sinners, all sinners. To ask Jesus to save you is admitting you can't save yourself and that if you die you know that you would have no one way get to heaven because of that sin weighing you down. If this is you, pray this, or something like this:

Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and I can not save myself from hell. I believe you died on Calvary's cross to pay for my sin, was buried and arose from the dead on the third day. I believe that you want to pay for my sin if I confess before you my need. Lord I need you. Be merciful to me a sinner. Please forgive me for my sin and be my personal Lord and Savior. I believe the Gospel, that is, the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. I turn from my sin and turn to you as the only way of salvation. Thank you for saving me. I pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.

May Jesus grant you the ability to see every bit of His loveliness in this life that we now live for Him. May loveliness flow from you in abundance and grant you peace.

Other hubs about Christian Meditation:

Fundamentals Of Meditation (Part 1. Christian Meditation vs. New Age Meditation)

Fundamentals Of Meditation (Part 2. Things That Are True)

Fundamentals Of Meditation (Part 3. What Is Honesty?)

Fundamentals Of Meditation (Part 4. Proper Concept Of Justice)

Fundamentals Of Meditation (Part 5. Contemplating The Importance Of Purity)

Fundamentals Of Meditation (Part 7. Building Treasures In Heaven)

Fundamentals Of Meditation (Part 8. Why Is Virtue Important?)

Fundamentals Of Meditation (Part 9. Do You Know How To Praise God?)


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      Robert E Smith 

      10 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Hey Jim, I need to get to the remaining three in this series. Doing one on wisdom now but having a lot of troble getting into the edit mode so I don't know when I will get to it. Gotta get to your hubs and comment. Because your hubs are lovely, really really lovely. Thanks for stopping by brother. Love ya Bob.

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      James A Watkins 

      10 years ago from Chicago

      I love the word lovely and I use it a lot. Thank you for this wonderfully made Hub. I am edified by it. God Bless You for it. And Happy New Year!!

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      Robert E Smith 

      10 years ago from Rochester, New York

      There's that lovely sister of mine. How are ya? Well I still have 3 left in this series. Each one was so much deeper than I thought it was going to be. This study made me start to use the word lovely more especially with people such as yourself who are strong in the Lord and the power of His might. I can truly say you are lovely.

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      Elder DeBorrah K Ogans 

      10 years ago

      Nobody, Very lovely insightful hub! Meditating on God’s Word is so very important; It most certainly is lovely! Meditation is taking personal time to commune with the Lord!! Spending time in HIS presence is crucial to our spiritual well-being! We ALL so need a Savior!

      “Sin comes between God and one that would wish to receive anything while meditating. This confession is really an emptying of oneself out of all attitudes, and pretense, and anything that would prevent fellowship with God. It is at this time that requests on behalf of others and any for the person's own needs would be asked” Thank God for Jesus!

      “But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father on our defense – JESUS CHRIST, The Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, not only ours but the sins of the world.” I JOHN 2. PRAISE GOD! We have so much to be thankful for!

      Thank you Bob for sharing, In His Love, Joy & Peace!

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      Robert E Smith 

      11 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Isn't lovely such a nice word? Actually it feels weird to be using it but since I wrote this hub I seem to be using it all the time with people looking at me like I'm strange. I've enjoyed this series more than I thought I would because it has been taught so much. But I've learned so much. The next is things of "good report" so I need to be busy so I can push the button on it. Much love. Bob.

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      fred allen 

      11 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      Thank you for reminding us where our thoughts should be. If we follow the apostle's instruction we will find ouselves living in a way that is pleasing to our loving Father. Way to go!

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      Robert E Smith 

      11 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Spoken as a lovely creation of God herself. I just commented on a poem that spoke of woman. I feel that our women are our loveliness personified. O the beauty of a woman of God! There is nothing as lovely in this world than a person that loves the Lord, points others His way and obeys her/his heavenly Father. Love you Lottie.

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      Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles 

      11 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      I agree no body with you. Things that are caring about the salvation of souls for Jesus are lovely things!!! My desire to save one soul at a time will always be my mission! Great Hub no body as always! Truly from your HEART! Your Lovely...

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      Robert E Smith 

      11 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Whatever things are lovely. Things that are caring about the salvation of souls for Jesus are lovely things. That makes you a lovely thing as far as God is concerned. So much of the word of God is underexamined and there is so much more to talk about. I pray this brought some people closer to God and is therefore considered lovely by God. Love you my sister. Bob.

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      11 years ago

      Brother Bob, this is just "lovely"! =)

      I must say, this isn't a word I use very often! But after reading your hub, I am going to make a point to use it more!

      Lovely is a word that feels "peaceful" in my heart. I can see the relationship it has to the idea of Christian meditation. I also love the Scriptures you brought forth to demonstrate the context in which the word "lovely" is used within God's Holy Word!

      You always give us "praiseworthy" and now "lovely" things to meditate on my Brother! You are awesome!


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