A man who hears many sermons
"Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long!" Psalm 119:97
It is well to meditate upon the things of God — because it is only by pondering the Scriptures, that we get the real nutriment out of them. A man who hears many sermons — is not necessarily well-instructed in the faith. We may read so many religious books that we overload our brains, and they may be unable to work under the weight of the great mass of paper and of printer's ink.
The man who reads but one book, and that book his Bible, and then meditates much upon it — will be a better scholar in Christ's school than he who merely reads hundreds of books, and does not meditate at all!
Oh, that we might get into the very heart of the Word of God — and get that Word into ourselves!
As I have seen the silkworm eat into the leaf and consume it, so ought we to do with the Word of the Lord — not crawl over its surface, but eat right into it until we have taken it into our inmost parts. It is idle merely to let the eye glance over the words, or to recollect the poetic expressions, or the historic facts; but it is blessed to eat into the very soul of the Bible until, at last, you come to talk in Scriptural language, and your very style is fashioned upon Scripture models — and, what is better still, your spirit is redolent with the words of the Lord!
"Your words were found, and I devoured them, and Your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart!" Jeremiah 15:16
"Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful!" Joshua 1:8