The end of study is information, and the end of meditation is practice, or a work upon the affections. Study is like a winter sun that shines but does not warm, but meditation is like blowing up the fire, where we do not mind the blaze but the heat. The end of study is to hoard up truth, but of meditation to lay it forth in conference or holy conversation.
In study, we are rather like vintners that take in wine to store themselves for sale; in meditation, like those that buy wine for their own use and comfort. A vintner’s cellar may be better stored than a nobleman’s; the student may have more of notion and knowledge, but the practical Christian has more of taste and refreshment.
This book of the law shall not depart from
your mouth, but you shall meditate on it
day and night, so that you may be careful
to do according to all that is written in it;
for then you will make your way prosperous,
and then you will have success.
(Puritan Thomas Manton)
The end of study is to hoard up truth,
but of meditation to lay it forth
in conference or holy conversation
*Emphasis and Scripture Mine-Pictures Not Mine.