Keep These Things and Ponder Them in Your Heart

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19 (KJV)

Mary, mother of our Lord Jesus, is noted in Scripture as loving God in at least three ways: Her memory (she “kept all these things“), her affections (she kept them “in her heart“), and her intellect (she “pondered them“). Her memory, affection, and understanding were all intently fascinated with the things which she heard.

Friend, remember what you know about Jesus, and what He has done for you. Make your heart the golden pot of manna, so that you can gather the memories of the heavenly bread God has sustained you with in the past. Let your memory treasure everything about Christ which you have felt, or known, or believed, and then hold Him in your joyful heart forever.

Love your Lord! Bring forth your heart, even if it’s been broken, and let your affection come forth to God.

Let your intellect be excited concerning the Lord Jesus. Meditate upon what you read. Don’t stop at the surface; dive into the deep waters! Be like a fish that swims and explores the farthest depths!

The word “ponder” means to weigh. But where are the scales that can weigh the Lord Christ? Jesus, who “weighs the islands as though they were fine dust” (Isaiah 40:15) … who dares to take Him on? He who “weighed the mountains on the scales” (Isaiah 40:12) … in what scales will we weigh Him? Even if your mind cannot fully comprehend all of this, let your affections be apprehend fully. And even if your spirit cannot grasp the Lord Jesus in understanding, let it embrace Him in the arms of affection. Be with your Lord. He shouldn’t seem far away, because He is always with you. Hold Him, and do not let Him out of your thoughts. Remember Mary, who “kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

Question: Which of God’s promises, or verses from God’s Word, do you keep and ponder in your heart?

Originally written by Charles H. Spurgeon.
Updated to modern English by Darren Hewer, 2008
Used by Permission

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