There are few more powerful aids

(Octavius Winslow, “Gracious Surprisals”)  LISTEN to audio!  Download audio

“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 . . .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!

“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

“His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:2

“I meditate on Your precepts and consider Your ways!” Psalm 119:15

“Oh, how I love Your law! I meditate on it all day long.” Psalm 119:97  


Be sure to watch this 4 minute video by Paul Harvey, first broadcast via radio in 1965: “If I were the devil!

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