Thursday, January 10, 2019
Reader! You will derive far more benefit from a single verse of Scripture read slowly and prayerfully, and duly meditated upon than you will from ten chapters read through hurriedly! Meditation is nearly a lost art. Lack of meditation is at the root of most of our spiritual troubles.
Meditation is the serious exercise of the mind, whereby our thoughts are fixed on the observation of spiritual things, in order to practice them. Meditation is that spiritual chemistry which turns all metals into gold.
The reason why all the sermons we hear do us no more good, is for lack of divine meditation. For it is with sermons as it is with food, it is not having food upon your table that will nourish you, but you must eat it. And you must not only eat it, but digest it or else your food will do you no good. So it is with sermons: it is not hearing sermons that will do you good, but pondering in your hearts what you hear, and digesting them by meditation. One sermon well digested, well meditated upon is better than twenty sermons without meditation! I am confident the great reason why we have so many hunger-starved Christians who are lean in grace and lean in practice, though they hear sermon upon sermon is because they digest nothing. They never ponder and meditate upon what they hear! There are some men sick with a disease that makes them vomit up whatever they eat the food never does them any good. So is the custom of many of you: you hear a sermon, you go away, and never think of it afterward. This is just like food that you vomit up! That is the reason why you are so lean in grace, though you are so fully fed with sermons!
Psalm 1:2 … But his delight is in the law of the ; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.