Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon – 14th June

“Delight thyself also in the Lord.” / Psalm 37:4

The teaching of these words must seem very surprising to those who are
strangers to vital godliness, but to the sincere believer it is only the
inculcation of a recognized truth. The life of the believer is here described
as a delight in God, and we are thus certified of the great fact that true
religion overflows with happiness and joy. Ungodly persons and mere professors
never look upon religion as a joyful thing; to them it is service, duty, or
necessity, but never pleasure or delight. If they attend to religion at all,
it is either that they may gain thereby, or else because they dare not do
otherwise. The thought of delight in religion is so strange to most men, that
no two words in their language stand further apart than “holiness” and
“delight.” But believers who know Christ, understand that delight and faith
are so blessedly united, that the gates of hell cannot prevail to separate
them. They who love God with all their hearts, find that his ways are ways of
pleasantness, and all his paths are peace. Such joys, such brimful delights,
such overflowing blessednesses, do the saints discover in their Lord, that so
far from serving him from custom, they would follow him though all the world
cast out his name as evil. We fear not God because of any compulsion; our
faith is no fetter, our profession is no bondage, we are not dragged to
holiness, nor driven to duty. No, our piety is our pleasure, our hope is our
happiness, our duty is our delight.

Delight and true religion are as allied as root and flower; as indivisible as
truth and certainty; they are, in fact, two precious jewels glittering side by
side in a setting of gold.

“‘Tis when we taste thy love,

Our joys divinely grow,

Unspeakable like those above,

And heaven begins below.”

“O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face … because we have sinned against
thee.” / Daniel 9:8

A deep sense and clear sight of sin, its heinousness, and the punishment which
it deserves, should make us lie low before the throne. We have sinned as
Christians. Alas! that it should be so. Favoured as we have been, we have yet
been ungrateful: privileged beyond most, we have not brought forth fruit in
proportion. Who is there, although he may long have been engaged in the
Christian warfare, that will not blush when he looks back upon the past? As
for our days before we were regenerated, may they be forgiven and forgotten;
but since then, though we have not sinned as before, yet we have sinned
against light and against love–light which has really penetrated our minds,
and love in which we have rejoiced. Oh, the atrocity of the sin of a pardoned
soul! An unpardoned sinner sins cheaply compared with the sin of one of God’s
own elect ones, who has had communion with Christ and leaned his head upon
Jesus’ bosom. Look at David! Many will talk of his sin, but I pray you look at
his repentance, and hear his broken bones, as each one of them moans out its
dolorous confession! Mark his tears, as they fall upon the ground, and the
deep sighs with which he accompanies the softened music of his harp! We have
erred: let us, therefore, seek the spirit of penitence. Look, again, at Peter!
We speak much of Peter’s denying his Master. Remember, it is written, “He wept
bitterly.” Have we no denials of our Lord to be lamented with tears? Alas!
these sins of ours, before and after conversion, would consign us to the place
of inextinguishable fire if it were not for the sovereign mercy which has made
us to differ, snatching us like brands from the burning. My soul, bow down
under a sense of thy natural sinfulness, and worship thy God. Admire the grace
which saves thee–the mercy which spares thee–the love which pardons thee!
– From Bible Gateway.Com

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