Evening, January 23, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“We will extol [remember, KJV] your love more than wine.” — Song of Solomon 1:4
Jesus will not let his people forget his love. If all the love they have enjoyed would be forgotten, he will visit them with fresh love. “Do you forget my cross?” says he, “I will cause you to remember it; for at my table I will reveal myself anew to you. Do you forget what I did for you in the councils of eternity? I will remind you of it, for you shall need a counsellor, and shall find me ready at your call.”
Mothers do not let their children forget them. If a boy has gone to Australia, and does not write home, his mother writes, “Has John forgotten his mother?” Then there comes back a sweet letter, which proves that the gentle reminder was not in vain. So is it with Jesus; he says to us, “Remember me,” and our response is, “We will remember your love.” We will remember your love and its matchless history. It is ancient as the glory which you had with the Father before the beginning of the world. We remember, O Jesus, your eternal love when you became our Guarantor, and embraced us as your betrothed. We remember the love which suggested you sacrifice yourself, the love which, until the fullness of time, mused over that sacrifice, and longed for the hour where in the volume of the book it was written of you, “Lo, I come.” We remember your love, O Jesus, as it was revealed to us in your holy life, from the manger of Bethlehem to the garden of Gethsemane. We track you from the cradle to the grave–for every word and deed of yours was love–and we rejoice in your love, which death did not exhaust; your love which shone resplendent in your resurrection. We remember that burning fire of love which will never let you hold your peace until your chosen ones are all safely housed, until Zion is glorified, and Jerusalem settled on her everlasting foundations of light and love in heaven.