Morning, September 30, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Sing the glory of His name; make His praise glorious.” — Psalm 66:2
It is not left to our own option whether we shall praise God or not. Praise is God’s most righteous entitlement, and every Christian, as the recipient of his grace, is certain to praise God from day to day. It is true we have no authoritative rule book for daily praise; we have no commandment prescribing certain hours of song and thanksgiving: but the law written upon the heart teaches us that it is right to praise God; and the unwritten mandate comes to us with as much force as if it had been recorded on the tables of stone, or handed to us from the top of thundering Sinai. Yes, it is the Christian’s duty to praise God. It is not only a pleasurable exercise, but it is the absolute obligation of his life. You who are always mourning, do not think that ye are innocent in this respect, or imagine that you can discharge your duty to your God without songs of praise. You are bound by the bonds of his love to bless his name so long as you live, and his praise should continually be in your mouth, for you are blessed, in order that you may bless him; “this people have I formed for myself, they shall show forth my praise;” and if you do not praise God, you are not bringing forth the fruit which he, as the Divine Cultivator, has a right to expect at your hands. Do not let your harp then hang upon the willows, but take it down, and strive, with a grateful heart, to bring forth its loudest music. Arise and chant his praise. With every morning’s dawn, lift up your notes of thanksgiving, and let every setting sun be followed with your song. Encircle the earth with your praises; surround it with an atmosphere of melody, and God himself will listen from heaven and accept your music.
“E’en so I love thee, and will love,
And in thy praise will sing,
Because thou art my loving God,
And my redeeming King.”