Evening, November 23, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Get yourself up on a high mountain.” — Isaiah 40:9
Each believer should be thirsting for God, for the living God, and longing to climb the hill of the Lord, and see him face to face. We should not rest content in the mists of the valley when the summit of Tabor awaits us. My soul thirsts to drink deep of the cup which is reserved for those who reach the mountain’s summit, and bathe their foreheads in heaven. How pure is the dew of the hills, how fresh is the mountain air, how rich the fare of the dwellers high up, whose windows look into the New Jerusalem! Many saints are content to live like men in coal mines, who do not see the sun; they eat dust like the serpent when they might taste the pleasing meat of angels; they are content to wear the miner’s garb when they might put on king’s robes; tears mar their faces when they might anoint them with celestial oil. I am convinced that many a believer pines in a dungeon when he might walk on the palace roof, and view the expansive land of God and the beauty of Lebanon. Arouse yourself, O believer, from your miserable condition! Cast away your sloth, your lethargy, your coldness, or whatever interferes with your innocent and pure love for Christ, your soul’s Husband. Make him the source, the center, and the circumference of all your soul’s range of delight. What enchants you into such folly as to remain in a pit when you may sit on a throne? Do not live in the lowlands of bondage now that the freedom of the mountain is granted to you. No longer rest satisfied with your insignificant attainments, but press forward to things more magnificent and heavenly. Aspire to a higher, a nobler, a fuller life. Upward to heaven! Nearer to God!
“When wilt thou come unto me, Lord?
Oh come, my Lord most dear!
Come near, come nearer, nearer still,
I’m blest when thou art near.”