Evening, January 1, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“We will rejoice in you and be glad.” –Song of Solomon 1:4
We will be glad and rejoice in you. We will not open the gates of the year to the mournful notes of the trombone, but to the sweet strains of the harps of joy, and the high sounding cymbals of gladness. “O come, let us sing for joy to the Lord, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.” We, the called and faithful and chosen, we will drive away our grief, and set up our banners of confidence in the name of God. Let others lament over their trouble; we who have the sweetening tree to cast into Marah’s bitter pool, will magnify the Lord with joy. Eternal Spirit, our valuable Comforter, we — who are the temples in which you dwell — will never cease from adoring and blessing the name of Jesus. We will; we are resolved about it.
Jesus must have the crown of our heart’s delight; we will not dishonor our Bridegroom by mourning in his presence. We are ordained to be the minstrels of the skies; let us rehearse our everlasting anthem before we sing it in the halls of the New Jerusalem. We will be glad and rejoice: two words with one sense, double joy, blessedness upon blessedness. Does there need to be any limit to our rejoicing in the Lord even now? Do not men of grace find their Lord to be camphor and spikenard, sweet flag and cinnamon even now? And what better fragrance will they have in heaven itself? We will be glad and rejoice in you. That last word is the meat in the dish, the kernel of the nut, the soul of the text. What heavens are laid up in Jesus! What rivers of infinite happiness have their source, yes, and every drop of their fullness in him! Since, O sweet Lord Jesus, you are the present portion of your people, favor us this year with such a sense of your preciousness, that from its first to its last day we may be glad and rejoice in you. Let January open with joy in the Lord, and December close with gladness in Jesus.