Morning, August 23, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“And there will no longer be heard in her, the voice of weeping and the sound of crying.” — Isaiah 65:19

Those who have died and are glorified weep no more, for all outward causes of grief are gone. There are no broken friendships, nor shattered prospects in heaven. Poverty, famine, peril, persecution, and slander are unknown there. No pain afflicts, no thought of death or bereavement saddens. They weep no more, for they are perfectly sanctified. No “evil heart of unbelief” prompts them to depart from the living God; they are faultless before his throne, and are fully conformed to his image. Those will cease to mourn who have ceased to sin. They weep no more, because all fear of change is past. They know that they are eternally secure. Sin is shut out, and they are shut in. They dwell within a city which shall never be attacked; they bask in a sun which shall never set; they drink of a river which shall never dry; they pluck fruit from a tree which shall never wither. Countless cycles may revolve, but eternity shall not be exhausted, and while eternity endures, their immortality and happiness shall co-exist with it. They are forever with the Lord. They weep no more, because every desire is fulfilled. They cannot wish for anything which they do not have in possession. Eye and ear, heart and hand, judgment, imagination, hope, desire, will, all the faculties, are completely satisfied; and imperfect as our present ideas are of the things which God has prepared for them that love him, yet we know enough, by the revelation of the Spirit, that the saints above are supremely blessed. The joy of Christ, which is an infinite fullness of delight, is in them. They bathe themselves in the bottomless, shoreless sea of infinite joy and blessing. That same joyful rest remains for us. It may not be far distant. Before long the weeping willow shall be exchanged for the palm branch of victory, and sorrow’s dewdrops will be transformed into the pearls of everlasting joy. “Therefore comfort one another with these words.”