“Real communion with the Lord, in His appointed means of grace, is likewise an important branch of the blessedness of the believer. They were instituted for this end, and are sufficient, by virtue of His power and Spirit, to answer it.
I do not believe this enjoyment will be always equal; but I believe a comfortable sense of it, in some measure, is generally attainable.
To read the Scripture, not as an attorney may read a will, merely to know the sense, but as the heir reads it, as a description and proof of his interest; to hear the Gospel as the voice of our Beloved, so as to have little leisure either for admiring the abilities or censuring the defects of the preacher.
And, in prayer, to feel a liberty of pouring out our hearts before the Lord, to behold some glances of his goodness passing before us, and to breathe forth before him the tempers of a child, the spirit of adoption.
And thus, by beholding His glory, to be conformed more and more to His image, and to renew our strength by drawing water out of the wells of salvation: herein is blessedness.
They who have tasted it can say, ‘It is good for me to draw nigh to God.’ The soul thus refreshed by the water of life, is preserved from thirsting after the vanities of the world.
Thus instructed in the sanctuary, comes down from the mount filled with heavenly wisdom, anointed with a holy unction, and thereby qualified to judge, speak, and act in character, in all the relations and occasions of secular life.
In this way, besides the pleasure, a spiritual taste is acquired… O that I knew more of this blessedness, and more of its effects!”
–John Newton, “Cardiphonia” in The Works of John Newton, Volume 1 (London: Hamilton, Adams & Co., 1824), 1: 522-523.