One truth, brought home to the soul by the Holy Spirit
(James Smith, "Christ Exalted, Saints Comforted, and Sinners Directed" 1855)
We do believe the truths of God's Word — but we need to make them bear more upon our experience and practice. Our religion is too much in the head — and too little in the heart. Truth rather floats in the understanding — than sinks down into the soul. Our memory lets it slip — and nothing but frequent meditation on these things, will cause us to profit by them. The truths of God's Word are calculated and intended to benefit the Lord's people — but unless we exercise our minds upon them — we shall not be benefitted by them.
One truth, brought home to the soul by the Holy Spirit, and digested by meditation — does us more good than volumes which just pass through the mind! We ought, therefore, to pray more over what we read — and look to the Holy Spirit, beseeching Him to unfold and apply the truth to us!