Evening, December 3, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“The Lord mighty in battle.” — Psalm 24:8
It is well that in the eyes of his people our God may be glorious, seeing that he has worked such wonders for them, in them, and by them.
For them, the Lord Jesus upon Calvary routed every foe, breaking all the weapons of the enemy in pieces by his finished work of acceptable obedience; by his triumphant resurrection and ascension he completely overturned the hopes of hell, leading captivity captive, making a show of our enemies openly, triumphing over them by his cross. Every arrow of guilt which Satan might have shot at us is broken, for who can lay any evil thing to the charge of God’s selected people? Useless are the sharp swords of demonic malice, and the perpetual battles of the serpent’s seed, for in the midst of the church the wounded take the prey, and the weakest warriors are crowned.
The saved may very well adore their Lord for his conquests in them, since the arrows of their natural hatred of God are snapped, and the weapons of their rebellion broken. What victories has grace won in our evil hearts! How glorious is Jesus when the will is subdued, and sin dethroned! As for our remaining corruption, it shall sustain an equally sure defeat, and every temptation, and doubt, and fear, shall be utterly destroyed. In Salem, the city of peace where our hearts dwell, the name of Jesus is great beyond compare: he has won our love, and he shall wear it.
In this security we may expect victories by us. We are more than conquerors through him that loved us. We shall cast down the powers of darkness which are in the world, by our faith, and zeal, and holiness; we shall win sinners to Jesus, we shall overturn false worldviews, we shall convert nations, for God is with us, and none shall stand before us. This evening let the Christian warrior chant the war song, and prepare for tomorrow’s fight. Greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world.