A Happy State of Heart
Psalm 119:147-148, “I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried:
I hoped in thy word. Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might
meditate in thy word.”
I have been meditating for weeks now on Psalm 119 in preparation for this
year’s International Conference. I see the psalmist at times in this passage
frustrated and other times fervent towards the work of God. But through it
all, there is a forward communication with his God. He said before the sun
even came up, I cried unto the Lord, and hoped in His Word. Then the next
verse teaches us that in the third and fourth watches of the night, which
would be times after midnight, we see him meditating on His Word.
George Mueller found the result of Bible meditation would lead him to prayer
throughout the day. He said, “that my inner man almost invariably is almost
sensibly nourished and strengthened and that by breakfast time, with rare
exceptions, I am in a peaceful if not a happy state of heart.”
It is as plain to me as anything that the first thing the child of God has to
do every morning is feed the inner man. As the outward man is not able to
work for any length of time, except we take in food, so should we care for
the inner-man. The Bible teaches us that man shall not live by bread alone.
(Matthew 4:4, “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by
bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”)
It’s Wednesday… and many have fed the body, but have neglected the soul.
Let’s be students of God’s Word and the meditation process that leads us to
prayer …. and a happy state of heart.