Thinking, praying, reading, studying the Bible – when we do these things, we are reflecting on the Word of God. To reflect is to contemplate and/or consider, and God wants us to deeply reflect on His Word so that we can better understand Him.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation. – Psalm 51:12.
A man is gazing intently down a deep, still well, where he sees the moon reflected, and thus remarks to a friend standing by: “How beautifully fair and round she is to-night! How quietly and majestically she rides along!” He has just finished speaking, when suddenly his friend drops a small pebble into the well. Now he exclaims, “Why, the moon is all broken to shivers, and the fragments are shaking together in the greatest disorder!” “What gross absurdity!” is the astonished rejoinder of his companion. “Look up, man! the moon hasn’t changed one jot or tittle, it is the condition of the well that reflects her that has changed.” Your heart is the well. When there is no allowance of evil the Spirit of God takes of the preciousness of Christ, and reveals them to you for your comfort and joy. But the moment a wrong motive is cherished in the heart, or an idle word escapes the lips unjudged, the Holy Ghost begins to disturb the well, your happy experiences are smashed to pieces, and you are all restless and disturbed within, until in brokenness of spirit before God you confess your sin (the disturbing thing), and thus get restored once more to the calm, sweet joy of communion.
~ W. KELLY