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Spiritual Meditation.

Spiritual Meditation.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY MR. VENN EDITOR OF THE CHRISTIAN OBSERVER


PSALM CIV. &4,

My meditation of Him ,



For the purpose of impressing upon our minds
the duty under consideration, let us view, —

First, The proper objects of spiritual medi-
tation ;

Secondly, The benefits resulting from it;
and

Thirdly, The best method of promoting and
conducting it.
BY MR. VENN EDITOR OF THE CHRISTIAN OBSERVER


PSALM CIV. &4,

My meditation of Him ,



For the purpose of impressing upon our minds
the duty under consideration, let us view, —

First, The proper objects of spiritual medi-
tation ;

Secondly, The benefits resulting from it;
and

Thirdly, The best method of promoting and
conducting it.

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SPIRITUAL MEDITATIO.BY MR. VE EDITOR OF THE CHRISTIA OBSERVER PSALM CIV. &4, My meditation of Him , For the purpose of impressing upon our minds the duty under consideration, let us view, — First, The proper objects of spiritual medi- tation ; Secondly, The benefits resulting from it; and Thirdly, The best method of promoting and conducting it. First. The proper objects of spiritual me- ditation are the truths revealed in the word of God, the doctrines and precepts, the invitations and warnings, the promises and threatenings of the Gospel, in all their bearings and relations to the temporal and eternal concerns of mankind, SPIRITUAL MEDITATIO. 467 and more especially with reference to our own spiritual state. In proportion as our practical acquaintance with divine subjects increases, they will appear more and more interesting and comprehensive, so that the longest life devoted to the study of the Scriptures would be insuffi-
 
cient to exhaust their sacred stores. There are, however, particular topics which more pe- culiarly call for our daily meditation ;— such as the holiness, justice, and goodness of God ; his presence with us ; his inspection over us ; our own guilt and misery as sinners in his sight ; the means of salvation which he has provided through the merits and sacrifice of Christ, and our need of the Holy Spirit's influence, to con- vert our hearts, and to make us meet for the kingdom of heaven. It should also be our daily employment carefully to examine our- selves, to search out our particular sins, negli- gences, and ignorances, and deeply to consider not only the way in which they may be par- doned, but the means by which we may be delivered from their power. A person who never reflects in private, and as in the imme- diate presence of the Searcher of Hearts, upon these important concerns, cannot expect, what- ever means of information he may possess, that he shall come to a right knowledge of them. Devout meditation, accompanied by earnest prayer, will be found to tend more, perhaps, 2 H 2 468 SPIRITUAL MEDITATIO'. than any thing else, to render the " hearing of the ear " powerful for the conversion of the heart, and it is often employed by the Holy Spirit to effect his purposes of mercy upon the souls of men. When a sinner is once brought earnestly to reflect within himself on his state before God, and, in the view of his guilt and danger, to inquire, "What must I do to be saved?" a beam of hope rises upon his path,
 
which, till that salutary meditation occurred, was covered with an awful darkness, and would have led him to eternal destruction. The Gospel now becomes to him a subject of anxious consi- deration, and proper objects for employing his thoughts will never be absent from his mind. Secondly. We are to consider some of the benefits which will result from the practice which has been recommended. These are nu- merous and important ; for by seriously reflect- ing upon what we already know, the knowledge which before only floated in the understanding begins to influence the heart. It is easy, for example, to repeat penitential confessions of our sinfulness and guilt ; but they will never excite truly godly sorrow, till we begin anxi- ously to look into our inmost souls, in order to perceive how far we resemble the descriptions which are given of human nature in the word of God. The excellencies also of Christ Jesus, SPIRITUAL MEDITATIO. 469 and the freedom of his salvation, will not much affect us as mere truths, till we feel their suit- ability to our own case, and have reflected suf- ficiently upon ourselves to known our guilt and weakness, our impenitence and misery. The Saviour cannot be duly valued by those who do not think of him, and enter into the nature and excellence of his offices, as they respect their own spiritual wants. It is by reflecting often and earnestly upon holy things that the affections become excited, and the heart filled with a sense of their unspeakable importance. A few superficial speculations would never have prompted those ardent feelings of love, and joy,

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