“This habit of living in the element of the Scriptures is invaluable. To be filled from this Divine treasury; to have large portions of the word daily passing through the mind; gives us a firmer grasp and a more suitable and diversified application of it. Yet this profit can only be fully reaped in retirement. We may read the Scriptures in company. But to search them, we must be alone with God. Here we learn to apply ourselves wholly to the Word, and the Word wholly to us. This enriching study gives a purer vein to sound judgment. The mere reader often scarcely knows where to begin, and he performs the routine without any definite object. His knowledge therefore must be scanty and ineffective. Nor is the neglect of this habit less hurtful to the church. ”
Charles Bridges, A Manual for the Young, 1859, reprint ed: Vestavia Hills, AL: Solid Ground Christian Books, 2005.