Morning & Evening Devotional Reading–
by C. H. Spurgeon, revised and edited by W. C. Neff
“But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.”
Mary, the earthly mother of the Lord Jesus, was a blessed woman, and she applied three powers of her being– namely, her memory, in that she kept all these things; her affections, because she kept them in her heart; and her intellect, since she pondered them.
Dear one, remember what you have heard about your Lord Jesus and recall often what he has done for you. Make your heart the golden pot of manna to preserve the memory of heavenly bread that has sustained you in days gone by. Let your memory treasure up everything about Christ which you have either felt or known or believed.
Then let your fond affections hold him fast forevermore. Love the person of your Lord! Bring forth the alabaster box of your heart, and, even though it is broken, let all the precious ointment of your affection come streaming on his pierced feet.
And let your intellect be exercised concerning the Lord Jesus. Meditate upon what you read. Don’t stop at the surface; dive into the depths. Don’t be like the swallow which touches the brook with her wing but like the fish which penetrates the depths.
Spend time with your Lord. Don’t let him be to you like a stranger who passes by but, rather, constrain him to visit with you. Like the two men on the road to Emmaus, say to him, “Stay with us, for the day is far spent.” Hold him, and do not let him go. The word “ponder” means to weigh; so, prepare your scales of judgment. Oh, but where are the scales that can weigh the Lord Christ? He “weighs the mountains in scales,” but what scales could possibly be used to weigh him? Even if your understanding cannot comprehend all that he is, at least let your affections apprehend who he is. And if your spirit cannot grasp the Lord Jesus with understanding, then at least embrace him in the arms of your affection. [M&E]