Meditate upon what you read.

“I will meditate in thy precepts.”

Psalm 119:15

The Hebrew word to meditate, signifies to be intense in the mind.

In meditation there must be a fixing of the thoughts upon the object.

Meditation means serious consideration. Rather than emptying the mind, it means to fill it.

Thomas Manton writes that to meditate on the Word is to give it entertainment, treat it like a guest:

Receive the word, make it your constant guest.

There is an act of consideration; meditate upon it seriously, that truth may not float in the understanding, but sink into the heart:

‘Let these sayings sink down into your hearts.’

Luke 9:44

Believe the word: the truth is a sovereign remedy;

but there wants one ingredient to make it work, and that is faith:

‘The word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.’

Heb. 4:2

There is an act of the will & affections, which is called, ‘a receiving the truth in love,’

2 Thes. 2:10.

Make room for it, that carnal affections may not vomit & throw it up again.

Christ complains that ‘his word had no place in them,’

John 8:37,

like a queasy stomach possessed with choler, that casts up all that is taken into it:

‘A natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God.’

1 Cor. 2:14

So meditation is

Letting it lodge & quietly exercise a sovereign command over the soul.

Thomas Watson

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