Bible reading requires meditation

My heart became hot within me.
As I mused, the fire burned. (Psalm 39:3)

In his book, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Donald Whitney writes:

Imagine that you’ve been outside on an icy day and then come inside where there’s a hot, crackling fire in the fireplace. As you walk toward it, you are very cold. You stretch out your hands to the fire and rub them together briskly during the two seconds it takes you walk past the glow and the warmth. When you reach the other side of the room, you realize, I’m still cold. Is there something wrong with you? Are you just a second-class warmer-upper”? No, the problem isn’t you; it’s your method. You didn’t stay by the fire. If you want to get warm, you have to linger by the fire until it warms your skin, then your muscles, then your bones until you are fully warm.

The failure to linger is the reason why many fail to remember or find their hearts warmed by the fire of God’s Word.

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