“Whilst I was musing, the fire kindled.”- Psalm 39:3
“And whilst the believer is musing on the works and word of God, especially that work of works, that wonder of wonders, that mystery of godliness, ‘God manifested in the flesh,’ the Lamb of God slain for the sins of the world, he frequently feels the fire of divine love kindle, so that he is obliged to speak with his tongue and tell of the loving-kindess of the Lord to his soul. Be frequent therefore in meditation, all ye that desire to keep up and maintain a close and uniform walk with the most high God.”- George Whitefield, Walking with God.
To muse, to meditate, to rest on, with affection and faith, the mystery of the Incarnation is perhaps the greatest discipline of the Christian life, for it is the summation of all the disciplines. What is the purpose of reading the Scriptures? To meditate on and grasp with faith the truths of Christ again for myself. What is the purpose of fasting? To meditate on and grasp with faith the sufficiency of Christ again for myself. What is the purpose of communion with other believers? To meditate on and grasp with faith the love of Christ as it is manifested amongst brothers and sisters in Christ. What is the purpose of prayer? To meditate on and grasp with faith my own dependence on God and His goodness in Christ Jesus. How do I spur myself on to good and holy works? I muse and grasp by faith the claims Christ has made on my life by virtue of who He is and what He has done. Surely our meditation must lead to outward works, for if it doesn’t, it is but dead faith. But still, we must begin somewhere. And most assuredly the starting point is to meditate and grasp again by faith, daily, the Incarnate Son of God. We must sit in wonder, daily, not only at the foot of the cross to ponder the atonement, but also at the stall in Bethlehem to meditate on the Word clothed in flesh and the implications arising from that wonderful night. We must be lovers of Christmas and singing Christmas hymns daily in our souls! We must go to Matthew’s house to see Him eating with tax collectors and sinners. We must go to the temple to see Him overturning tables. We must go to the mountain and hear His great Sermon on the Mount. And certainly we must go to the empty tomb, and we must travel past it to the Mount of Olives to see Him rising up to glory. We must be celebrators of Easter every day. In short we ponder the full Incarnation, the full Christ. His life, death and resurrection. To meditate on the Son of God is to be set ablaze anew every day.