Evening, October 1, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“The Lord gives grace and glory.” — Psalm 84:11
Jehovah is generous in his nature; to give is his delight. His gifts are precious beyond measure, and are as freely given as the light of the sun. He gives grace to whom he elects because he wills it, to his redeemed because of his covenant, to those he called because of his promise, to believers because they seek it, to sinners because they need it. He gives grace abundantly, opportunely, constantly, readily, sovereignly; doubly enhancing the value of the benefit by the manner of its delivery. Grace in all its forms he freely renders to his people; comforting, preserving, sanctifying, directing, instructing, and assisting grace, he generously pours into their souls without ceasing, and he always will do so, whatever may occur. Sickness may befall, but the Lord will give grace; poverty may happen to us, but grace will surely be afforded; death must come but grace will light a candle at the darkest hour. Reader, how blessed it is as years roll round, and the leaves begin again to fall, to enjoy such an unfading promise as this, “The Lord will give grace.”
The little conjunction “and” in this verse is a diamond rivet binding the present with the future: grace and glory — our eternal glorification — always go together. God has married them, and none can divorce them. The Lord will never deny a soul glory to whom he has freely granted to live upon his grace; indeed, glory is nothing more than grace in its Sabbath dress, grace in full bloom, grace like autumn fruit, mellow and perfected. How soon we may have glory none can tell! It may be that before this month of October has run out we shall see the Holy City; but whether the interval will be longer or shorter, we shall be glorified before long. Glory, the glory of heaven, the glory of eternity, the glory of Jesus, the glory of the Father, the Lord will surely give to his chosen. Oh, incomparable promise of a faithful God!
Two golden links of one celestial chain:
Who owneth grace shall surely glory gain.