Evening, January 8, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Your love is better than wine.” — Song of Solomon 1:2
Nothing gives the believer so much joy as fellowship with Christ. Yes, he has enjoyment as others have in the common benefits of life and he can be glad both in God’s gifts and God’s works; but in all these separately, indeed, and in all of them added together, he does not find such considerable delight as in the matchless person of his Lord Jesus. He has wine which no vineyard on earth ever yielded; he has bread which all the wheat fields of Egypt could never bring forth. Where can such pleasure be found as we have tasted in communion with our Beloved? In our estimation, the joys of earth are little better than husks for swine compared with Jesus, the heavenly manna. We would rather have one mouthful of Christ’s love, and a sip of his fellowship, than a whole world full of earthly delights. What is the chaff to the wheat? What is the sparkling crystal to the true diamond? What is a dream to the glorious reality? What is time’s enjoyment, in its best state, compared to our Lord Jesus in his most despised estate? If you know anything of the inner life, you will confess that our highest, purest, and most enduring joys must be the fruit of the tree of life which is in the midst of the Paradise of God. No spring yields such sweet water as that well of God which was dug with the soldier’s spear. All earthly bliss is of the earth earthy, but the comforts of Christ’s presence are like himself, heavenly. We can review our communion with Jesus, and find no regrets of emptiness therein; there are no dregs in this wine, no dead flies in this ointment. The joy of the Lord is solid and enduring. Vanity has not looked upon it, but discretion and prudence testify that it abides the test of years, and is in time and in eternity worthy to be called “the only true delight.” For nourishment, comfort, exhilaration, and refreshment, no wine can rival the love of Jesus. Let us drink to the full this evening.