Evening, August 1, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“You have crowned the year with Your bounty.” — Psalm 65:11
All the year round, every hour of every day, God is richly blessing us; both when we sleep and when we wake his mercy waits upon us. The sun may leave us a legacy of darkness, but our God never ceases to shine upon his children with the light of his love. Like a river, his loving kindness is always flowing, with an abundance as inexhaustible as his own nature. Like the atmosphere which constantly surrounds the earth, and is always ready to support the life of man, the benevolence of God surrounds all his creatures; in it, as in their element, they live, and move, and have their being. Yet as the sun on summer days cheers us with sunbeams warmer and brighter than at other times, and as rivers are at certain seasons swollen by the rain, and as the atmosphere itself is sometimes charged with more fresh, more bracing, or more balmy influences than before, so is it with the mercy of God; it has its golden hours; its days of overflow, when the Lord magnifies his grace before the sons of men. Among the blessings of the regular refreshing, the joyous days of harvest are a special season of excessive favor. It is the glory of autumn that the ripe gifts of provision are then abundantly conferred; it is the mellow season of realization, whereas all before was but hope and expectation. Great is the joy of harvest. Happy are the reapers who fill their arms with the bounty of heaven. The Psalmist tells us that the harvest is the crowning of the year. Surely these crowning mercies call for crowning thanksgiving! Let us render it by the inward emotions of gratitude. Let our hearts be warmed; let our spirits remember, meditate, and think upon this goodness of the Lord. Then let us praise him with our voice, and extol and magnify his name from whose bounty all this goodness flows. Let us glorify God by yielding our gifts to his cause. A practical proof of our gratitude is a special offering of thanks to the Lord of the harvest.