Morning, September 3, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“You whom my soul loves.” –Song of Solomon 1:7
It is good to be able — without any “if” or “but” — to say of the Lord Jesus, “You whom my soul loves.” Many can only say of Jesus that they hope they love him; they trust they love him; but one with only a poor and shallow experience will be content to stay here. No one ought to give any rest to his spirit until he feels quite sure about a matter of such vital importance. We ought not to be satisfied with a superficial hope that Jesus loves us, and with a bare trust that we love him. The old saints did not generally speak with “buts,” and “ifs,” and “hopes,” and “trusts,” but they spoke positively and plainly. “I know whom I have believed,” says Paul. “I know that my Redeemer lives,” says Job. Get definite knowledge of your love of Jesus, and don’t be satisfied until you can speak of your loving interest in him as a reality, which you have made sure by having received the witness of the Holy Spirit, and his seal upon your soul by faith.
True love to Christ is in every case the Holy Spirit’s work, and must be fashioned in the heart by him. He is the effective cause of it; but the logical reason why we love Jesus lies in himself. Why do we love Jesus? Because he first loved us. Why do we love Jesus? Because he “gave himself for us.” We have life through his death; we have peace through his blood. Though he was rich, yet for our sakes he became poor. Why do we love Jesus? Because of the outstanding character of his person. We are filled with a sense of his beauty! An admiration of his charms! An awareness of his infinite perfection! His greatness, goodness, and loveliness, in one resplendent beam, combine to enchant the soul until it is so overwhelmed that it exclaims, “Yes, he is altogether lovely.” A joyful love is this — a love which binds the heart with chains softer than silk, and yet firmer than diamond!