Suck out the sweetness
(Thomas Watson, "The
Christian Soldier" 1669)
Meditation is a
holy exercise of the mind; whereby we
truths of God to remembrance—and seriously
ponder upon them and apply
them to ourselves. It is a
work which cannot be done in a crowd.
A Christian must
retire from the world, to have serious thinking upon
It is not a few transient thoughts that are quickly gone;
fixing and staying of the mind upon heavenly
As the bee sucks the honey from the flower—so by
meditation we suck out the sweetness of a truth.
It is not the
receiving of food into the mouth, but the
digesting of it, which makes it
nutritious. Just so, it is
not the receiving of the most excellent truths in the
which nourishes our souls—but the digesting of
Satan does what he can to hinder this duty. He is an
enemy of meditation. The devil does not care not how
much we read—so long as we do not meditate on what
we read. Reading begets knowledge—but meditation
begets devotion. "Oh,
how I love your law! I meditate
it all day long." Psalm 119:97
Holy meditation quickens the
affections. The reason
why our affections are so cold to heavenly things—is
because we do not warm them at the fire of holy
meditation. As the musing on worldly objects makes
the fire of lust burn; and as the musing on injuries
the fire of revenge burn; just so, meditating
transcendent beauties of Christ, would make
love to Christ flame forth.
Meditation has a transforming power in it. The reading
of the Word may affect us—but the meditating upon it
transforms us. Meditation stamps the impression of divine
truths upon our hearts. By meditating on God's holiness,
we grow holy. While by meditation we look upon God's
purity—we are changed into His likeness.
Meditation produces reformation. "I have considered
my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes."
Psalm 119:59. If we would spend but one quarter of
an hour every day in contemplating heavenly objects,
it would leave a mighty impression upon us!
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