Evening, November 5, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“Give thanks to Him, bless His name.” — Psalm 100:4

Our Lord would have all his people to be rich in thinking highly and happily concerning the blessed person of Christ. Jesus is not content that his brethren should think of him in any average way; it is his pleasure that his betrothed ones should be delighted with his beauty. We are not to regard him as a bare necessary, like bread and water, but as a luxurious delicacy, as a rare and ravishing delight. To this end he has revealed himself as the “pearl of great price” in its peerless beauty, as the “bundle of myrrh” in its refreshing fragrance, as the “rose of Sharon” in its lasting perfume, as the “lily” in its spotless purity.

As a help to thinking highly of Christ, remember the esteem that Christ is held in beyond the skies, where things are measured by the right standard. Think how God esteems the Only Begotten, his unspeakable gift to us. Consider what the angels think of him, as they count it their highest honor to veil their faces at his feet. Consider what the blood-washed think of him, as for endless days without night they sing his well-deserved praises. Thinking highly of Christ will enable us to act consistently in our relationship with him. The more loftily we see Christ enthroned, and the lowlier we are when bowing before the foot of the throne, the more truly shall we be prepared to act our part towards him. Our Lord Jesus desires us to think well of him, that we may submit cheerfully to his authority. Thinking highly of him increases our love. Love and esteem go together. Therefore, believer, think much of your Master’s excellencies. Study him in his primeval glory, before he took your nature upon himself! Think of the mighty love which drew him from his throne to die upon the cross! Admire him as he conquers all the powers of hell! See him risen, crowned, glorified! Bow before him as the Wonderful, the Counsellor, the mighty God, for only thus will your love to him be what it should.