One hour in heaven
(Thomas Watson, "A
Treatise Concerning Meditation")
Meditate upon HEAVEN. Heaven is the quintessence of
all blessedness. There the saints shall have all their holy
hearts can desire! We shall behold the King in His beauty!
What a glorious place will this be! In heaven "God will be
all in all"—beauty to the eye, music to the ears, joy
the heart; and this He will be to the poorest saint, as well
as the richest. O Christian, who is now at your hard labor,
perhaps following the plough—you shall sit on the throne
of glory! The poorest believer shall be taken from his
laboring work, and set at the right hand of God, having
the crown of righteousness upon his head!
"For our momentary light affliction is producing for us
an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory!"
2 Corinthians 4:17
Meditation on heaven would excite and quicken
OBEDIENCE. It would put spurs to our sluggish hearts,
and make us "abound in the work of God, knowing that
our labor is not in vain in the Lord!" The weight of glory
would not hinder us in our race—but cause us to run
the faster! This weight would add wings to duty!
Meditation on heaven would make us strive after heart
PURITY, because only the "pure in heart shall see God."
Meditation on heaven would be a pillar of SUPPORT under
our sufferings. Heaven will make amends for all. One
hour in heaven will make us forget all our sorrows! The
sun dries up the water; just so—one beam of God's
glorious face will dry up all our tears!
"He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no
more death or mourning or crying or pain!" Rev. 21:4