Your lovingkindness is before my eyes (Psalm 26.2)

Keeping the love of God before our eyes, as David did, begins with thoughtful meditation.  The mind will be active, and it is our wisdom to regulate and sanctify our thoughts.  Isaac went out into the field at evening to meditate, and we may infer the nature of his reflections from his character.  David said, My meditation of Him shall be sweet.  How precious are Your thoughts to me, O God!  How vast is the sum of them!  People complain of the difficulty they feel in fixing their minds, but the duty would become easier by use – and surely they can never be at a loss for a theme.  Let them take His lovingkindness and set it before their eyes.  Let them observe it as it appears in the promises of His Word, in the history of His church, [and] in their own experience.  And let them pass from the instances of His love to the qualities of it, to dwell upon its earliness, fullness, extensiveness, reasonableness, and constancy.  Whoever is wise will observe these things and they will understand the lovingkindness of the Lord (Psalm 107.43). – William Jay (1769-1853)


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