(William Bridge, 1600-1670, “The Sweetness and Profitableness of Divine Meditation”)
“My meditation of Him shall be sweet!” Psalm 104:34
By meditation . . .
your knowledge is raised;
therefore memory is strengthened;
your hearts are warmed
and also will be freed from sinful thoughts;
your hearts will be tuned to every duty
and you will grow in grace;
as you fill up all the chinks and crevices of your lives, and know how to spend your spare time and improve that for God,
you will draw good out of evil;
and will converse with God, have communion with God, and enjoy God.
And I ask, is not here profit enough to sweeten the voyage of your thoughts in meditation?
As meditation is the sister of reading, so it is the mother of prayer. And though a man’s heart is much indisposed to prayer, yet if he can but fall into meditation on God and the things of God–his heart will soon come off to prayer.
So, begin with reading;
go on with meditation;
and end in prayer.
Reading without meditation is unfruitful;
and meditation without reading is hurtful.
But to meditate and to read without prayer upon both, is without blessing.
“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2
Meditation is the mother of prayer.
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