Octavius Winslow, "Gracious Surprisals"

"My heart grew hot within me, and as I
meditated, the fire burned..." Psalm 39:3

That is, while I was retracing all the way the
Lord had led me; while I was meditating upon
the fullness and preciousness of His Word;
and while I was musing upon the great love
with which He had loved me, the fire in my
soul was enkindled.

There are few more powerful aids to growth in
grace, to progress in sanctification of heart,
and humbleness of mind, than devout meditation.

"Isaac went out to meditate in the field at evening."

"I meditate on You in the night watches."

Cultivate, my reader, this holy and useful habit.

In a world of incessant action, and in an age
of restless excitement, we have great need to
imitate these holy examples, and to retire to
the "calm retreat, the silent shade," and there
abandon ourselves to devout meditation upon
Divine, heavenly, and eternal things.