From time to time I spend some time in musing. The word is often used as a synonym for meditation but it really means the product of meditation. I try to take some time each day to do this, and, like every other habit of body and mind, it is made easier by repetition.
When God commanded Joshua about his duty to spend time studying the law, he said:
“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall muse upon it day and night so that you may be certain to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have success.” (Joshua 1:8)
In a more modern example consider George Muller (1805-1898) who was a Christian evangelist and Director of the Ashley Down orphanage in Bristol, England, who cared for 10,024 orphans in his life. He was well-known for providing an education to the children under his care, to the point where he was accused of raising the poor above their natural station in life. He also established 117 schools which offered Christian education to over 120,000 children, many of them being orphans.
Muller attributed his every success as a minister, and a Christian to his habit of prayerful musings about the word of God. In his booklet entitled, “Soul Nourishment First.” Muller opined; “Now I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to reading of the word of God, and to meditation on it, that thus my heart might be comforted, encouraged, warned, reproved, and instructed; and thus, by means of the Word of God, while meditating on it, my heart might be brought into experiential communion with the Lord. The result I have found to be almost invariably this, that after a very few minutes my soul has been led to confession, or to thanksgiving, or to intercession, or to supplication, so that, …it turned almost immediately more or less to prayer…and then my inner man almost invariably is even sensibly nourished and strengthened…”
Perhaps we should seek to emulate Muller’s practice as part of our daily living!
***This article was written by one of our contributing writers: Malcolm Noden