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Blessed Secret - The Wisdom Of Devout Meditation

"Religious feelings are conserved and deepened through reflection and prayer. Blessed secret - the keeping and pondering in the heart." - Pulpit Commentary - New Testament

"It is the truth that we dwell upon that we live upon."
Pulpit Commentary - New Testament

"The truths of Christ are worth keeping; and the way to keep them safe is to ponder them. Meditation is the best help to memory."

"The heart must be the treasury and store-house of divine things; there we must hide God's word, as the Virgin Mary kept the sayings of Christ..."

"It concerns God's prophets and ministers to treasure up the things of God in their minds, and there to digest them well. If we would have God's word ready in our mouths when we have occasion for it, we must keep it in our hearts at all times."
- the above quotes are from Matthew Henry

What do the following Scriptures have in common?

Luke 2:19 says - "But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart."
Luke 2:51
says- "And He went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but His mother kept all these sayings in her heart."
Luke 1:66 says - "And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him."
Genesis 37:11 says - "And his brethren envied him, but his father observed the saying."
1 Samuel 21:12
says - "And David laid up these words in his heart..."
Proverbs 4:4
says - "He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain My words: keep My commandments, and live."
Psalm 119:11
says - "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee."
Daniel 7:28
says - "Hitherto is the end of the matter: As for me Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart."

All of the above Scriptures have to do with meditation.

Mary reserved closely within her heart the words of the angel Gabriel, the shepherd's encounter at the birth of her son, as well as the incident which led the wise men to present gifts before Jesus. She went over each detail and extraordinary circumstance which had attended the birth of her son and compared the sayings with the facts so far developed. She laid the evidence together. It was meat and drink to her and filled her with holy awe. She weighed them in her mind - bringing them together, thinking of them often and anxiously, comparing them in her mind, and treasuring them in her memory. As she thoroughly kept all these things in her memory, her heart became very full. 

Those who witnessed the loosing of Zechariah's tongue and his first words spoken at the birth of his son, John the Baptist, treasured the supernatural happenings in their mind and memory. They often thought of them afterwards - wondering what would be the meaning and issue of them.

After Joseph related to his family the dream that he had received from the Lord, it is said that "his brethren envied him" but His father Jacob "observed the saying." In other words, he kept all of these happenings in his heart. He laid them up in his mind and often thought of them.

David fled for fear of Saul to Achish the king of Gath. One day, while in his court, he overheard the servants saying - "Is not this David the king of the land? did they not sing one to another of him in dances, saying, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands"(1 Samuel 21:11). Resultantly, it is said in the Scriptures that David "laid up these words in his heart"(1 Samuel 21:12). In other words, he pondered them and thought them over in his mind.

We are commanded in the Scriptures to - "Let thine heart retain My words." In other words, we are to hold them fast...take hold of them...receive them with affection...lodge them in our wills... lay them up in our mind and memory for future use...and keep them in our heart as a rich treasure.  

After receiving a revelation of the end times, it is said that Daniel "kept the matter in his heart" - the "matter" which caused anxious thoughts and his countenance to change. He laid it up in his memory - weighing well all that he had heard and seen.

There are some things worth keeping in this life. However, nothing can compare in value to the Divine Thoughts which come to us through the preaching and teaching of the Word or through our own study of its contents. We are to treasure in the secret chambers of our mind what we hear and read and then dwell upon them in our heart.

The Great Thoughts of God connect us with the Highest. When we meditate on them as revealed in His Word, it is not long before we realize the purifying and transforming power of continuous meditation on them. They build character within us. We swiftly grow from being children to men in Christ.

Never forget - "It is the truth that we dwell upon that we live upon."

What kind of thoughts are you treasuring in your heart? Whose sayings are you often thinking about? Are you fixing God's Word firmly in your will and affections so that you can practice it? Is it the most valuable thing in your heart?  

Have you learned the Blessed Secret or the Wisdom behind Devout or Biblical Meditation? Or are you one who is too busy to spend time meditating on the Great Thoughts of God?

In this day and age, we have a definite problem in the Body of Christ. So many Christians are shallow in their thinking and ignorant of God's ways. Their problem is that they do not take the time to think on the truths of Christ.

What about you?

The Apostle James strongly exhorted us in his epistle to be "swift to hear, slow to speak..."  (James 1:19).  

The only way that we will be able to benefit others is if we treasure up what we hear from God.

It's time to meditate on the things of God - allowing them to rule in our hearts, minds, and affections - replacing all thoughts of the world, flesh, and devil.

This is the only way we will come to maturity in the Faith.

May God Bless His Word.