Morning, August 14, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“For You, O Lord, have made me glad by what You have done.” — Psalm 92:4
Do you believe that your sins are forgiven, and that Christ has made full atonement for them? Then what a joyful Christian you ought to be! Then you should live above the common trials and troubles of the world! Since sin is forgiven, can it matter what happens to you now? Luther said, “You can strike me, Lord, strike me if you choose, for my sin is forgiven; if you have forgiven me, strike as hard as you will;” and in a similar spirit you may say, “If you choose, send sickness, poverty, losses, crosses, persecution, what you will, you have forgiven me, and my soul is glad.” Christian, if you are indeed saved, while you are glad, be also grateful and loving. Cling to that cross which took your sin away; you serve him who served you. “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” Don’t let your zeal evaporate in some little outburst of song. Show your love in expressive demonstrations. Love the brethren of him who loved you. If there one like Mephibosheth anywhere who is lame or disabled, help him for Jonathan’s sake. If there be a poor burdened believer, weep with him, and bear his cross for the sake of him who wept for you and carried your sins. Since you are in this way forgiven freely for Christ’s sake, go and tell others the joyful news of forgiving mercy. Don’t be contented with this incredible blessing for you alone, but publish abroad the story of the cross. Holy gladness and holy boldness will make you a good preacher, and all the world will be a pulpit for you to preach in. Cheerful holiness is the most persuasive of sermons, but the Lord must give it you. Seek it this morning before you go into the world. When it is the Lord’s work in which we rejoice, we don’t need to be afraid of being too glad.