Evening, December 1, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, and for His wonders to the sons of men!” — Psalm 107:8 (and repeated three more times in Psalm 107:15,21,31)
If we complained less, and praised more, we would be happier, and God would be more greatly glorified. Let us praise God daily for his kind provisions — common mercies as we call them, and yet so priceless, that when deprived of them we are ready to perish. Let us bless God for the eyes with which we behold the sun, for the health and strength to walk around, for the bread we eat, for the clothing we wear. Let us praise him that we are not cast out among the hopeless, or confined among the guilty; let us thank him for liberty, for friends, for family associations and comforts; let us praise him, in fact, for everything which we receive from his generous hand, for we deserve little, and yet are most abundantly endowed.
But, beloved, the sweetest and the loudest note in our songs of praise should be of redeeming love. God’s redeeming acts towards his children are forever the favorite themes of their praise. If we know what redemption means, let us not withhold our songs of thanksgiving. We have been redeemed from the power of corruption, uplifted from the depth of sin in which we were naturally plunged. We have been led to the cross of Christ–our shackles of guilt have been broken off; we are no longer slaves, but children of the living God, and can anticipate the period when we shall be presented before the throne without spot or wrinkle or any such thing. Even now by faith we wave the palm-branch and wrap ourselves about with the fair linen which is to be our everlasting array, and shall we not unceasingly give thanks to the Lord our Redeemer? Child of God, can you be silent? Awake, awake, inheritors of glory, and lead your captivity captive, as you cry with David, “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.” Let the new month begin with new songs.