Morning, December 23, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“Friend, move up higher.” — Luke 14:10

When the life of grace first begins in the soul, we do indeed draw near to God, but it is with great fear and trembling. The soul is conscious of guilt, and humbled, and overawed with the solemnity of its position; it is cast to the earth by a sense of the grandeur of Jehovah, in whose presence it stands. With unfeigned bashfulness it takes the lowest room.

But, in his life following, even as the Christian grows in grace, he will never forget the seriousness of his position, and will never lose that holy awe which must encompass a gracious man when he is in the presence of the God who can create or can destroy. However, his fear has all its terror taken out of it; it becomes a holy reverence, and no longer an overshadowing dread. He is called up higher, to greater access to God in Christ Jesus.

Then the man of God, walking amid the splendors of Deity, and veiling his face like the glorious cherubim, with those twin wings (the blood and righteousness of Jesus Christ) will, reverent and bowed in spirit, approach the throne. There seeing a God of love, of goodness, and of mercy, he will realize the covenant character rather of God more than his absolute Deity. He will see in God his goodness rather than his greatness, and more of his love than of his majesty. Then will the soul, bowing still as humbly as before, enjoy a more sacred freedom of intercession. While prostrate before the glory of the Infinite God, his soul will be sustained by the refreshing consciousness of being in the presence of boundless mercy and infinite love, and by the realization of acceptance “in the Beloved.” Therefore the believer is called to come up higher, and is enabled to exercise the privilege of rejoicing in God, and drawing near to him in holy confidence, saying, “Abba, Father.”

“So may we go from strength to strength,

And daily grow in grace,

Till in thine image raised at length,

We see thee face to face.”