Morning, September 27, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“Blessed are you, O Israel; who is like you, a people saved by the Lord!” — Deuteronomy 33:29

He who insists that Christianity makes men miserable is himself an utter stranger to it. It would be strange indeed, if it made us wretched; see to what a position it exalts us! It makes us sons of God! Do you suppose that God will give all the happiness to his enemies, and reserve all the grief for his own family? Shall his enemies have laughter and joy, and shall his homeborn children inherit sorrow and misery? Shall the unbeliever, who has no part in Christ, call himself rich in happiness, and shall we go mourning as if we were penniless beggars? No, we will rejoice in the Lord always, and glory in our inheritance, for we “have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but we have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” The rod of discipline must rest upon us to a measure, but it works in us the comfortable fruits of righteousness; and therefore by the aid of the divine Comforter, we, the “people saved of the Lord,” will rejoice in the God of our salvation. We are married to Christ; and shall our great Bridegroom permit his spouse to linger in constant grief? Our hearts are knit to him; we are his members, and though for a while we may suffer as our Head once suffered, yet we are even now blessed with heavenly blessings in him. We have the earnest of our inheritance in the comforts of the Spirit, which are neither few nor small. Inheritors of joy forever, we have foretastes of our portion. There are beams of the light of joy to herald our eternal sun rising. Our riches are beyond the sea; our city with secure foundations lies on the other side the river; gleams of glory from the spirit world cheer our hearts, and urge us onward. Truly, isn’t it said of us, “Blessed are you, O Israel; who is like you, a people saved by the Lord?”