Morning, October 18, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Your paths drip with fatness.” – Psalm 65:11
Many are “the paths of the Lord” which “drip fatness,” but a special one is the path of prayer. No believer who spends much time in the prayer closet, will have need to cry, “I am lacking, I am famished; woe is me.” Starving souls live at a distance from the mercy seat, and become like the parched fields in times of drought. Persistent wrestling with God in prayer is sure to make the believer strong–if not happy. The nearest place to the gate of heaven is the throne of heavenly grace. Spend much time alone with Jesus, and you will have much confidence; spend little alone with Jesus, your religion will be shallow, polluted with many doubts and fears, and not sparkling with the joy of the Lord. Since the soul-enriching path of prayer is open to the very weakest saint–since no high attainments are required–since you are not called to come because you are an advanced saint, but freely invited if you be a saint at all–see to it, dear reader, that you are often spending time in the way of private devotion. Be often on your knees, for so Elijah drew the rain upon famished Israel’s fields.
There is another special path dropping with fatness to those who walk in that; it is the secret walk of communion. Oh, the delights of fellowship with Jesus! Earth has no words which can set forth the holy calm of a soul leaning in Jesus’ embrace. Few Christians understand it, they live in the lowlands and seldom climb to the top of Mt. Nebo: they live in the outer court, they do not enter the holy place, they do not take up the privilege of priesthood. At a distance they see the sacrifice, but they do not sit down with the priest to eat of it, and to enjoy the fat of the burnt offering. But, you, reader, sit ever under the shadow of Jesus; come up to that palm tree, and take hold of the branches thereof; let your beloved be to you as the apple-tree among the trees of the wood, and you shell be satisfied as with marrow and fatness. O Jesus, visit us with thy salvation!