One antidote for many ills

“Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be
saved.” Psalm 80:19

Suggested Further Reading: Revelation 3:1-6

We want a revival, if we would promote the glory of God. The proper object of
a Christian’s life is God’s glory. The church was made on purpose to glorify
God; but it is only a revived church that brings glory to his name. Do all the
churches honour God? I tell you no; there are some that dishonour him—not
because of their erroneous doctrines, nor perhaps because of any defect in
their formalities, but because of the want of life in their religion. There is
a meeting for prayer; six people assemble beside the minister. Does that
proclaim your homage to God? Does that do honour to Christianity? Go to the
homes of these people; see what is their conversation when they are alone;
mark how they walk before God. Go to their sanctuaries and hear their hymns;
there is the beauty of music, but where is the life of the people? Listen to
the sermon; it is elaborate, polished, complete, a masterpiece of oratory. But
ask yourselves, “Could a soul be saved under it, except by a miracle? Was
there anything in it adapted to stir men up to goodness? It pleased their
ears; it instructed them in some degree, perhaps, but what was there in it to
teach their hearts?” God knows there are many such preachers. Notwithstanding
their learning and their wealth, they do not preach the gospel in its
simplicity, and they do not draw near to God our Father. If we would honour
God by the church, we must have a warm church, a burning church, loving the
truths it holds, and carrying them out in the life. Oh that God would give us
life from on high, lest we should be like that church of old of whom it was
said, “Thou hast a name to live, and art dead.”

For meditation: Is the revival of God’s church and the glory of his name in
this land a great concern to you (Psalm 85:6-9)?

Sermon no. 284 / 9 November (1856) – Charles Spurgeon

– Bible Gateway.Com

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