Evening, January 28, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.” — Luke 2:20
What was the subject of their praise? They praised God for what they had heard — for the good tidings of great joy that a Savior was born to them. Let us copy them; let us also raise a song of thanksgiving that we have heard of Jesus and his salvation. They also praised God for what they had seen. There is the most melodic music — what we have experienced, what we have felt within, what we have made our own — “My heart overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to the King.” It is not enough to hear about Jesus: mere hearing may tune the harp, but the fingers of living faith must create the music. If you have seen Jesus with the God-given sight of faith, allow no cobwebs to linger among the instruments, but awake your stringed instruments loudly to the praise of sovereign grace. One point for which they praised God was the agreement between what they had heard and what they had seen. Observe the last sentence —”As it was told to them.” Have you not found the gospel to be — in yourselves — just what the Bible said it would be? Jesus said he would give you rest — have you not enjoyed the most precious peace in him? He said you should have joy, and comfort, and life through believing in him — have you not received all these? Are not his ways the ways of contentment, and his paths the paths of peace? Surely you can say with the queen of Sheba, “The half has not been told me.” I have found Christ sweeter than his servants ever said he was. I looked upon his likeness as they painted it, but it was a mere splatter compared with himself; for the King in his beauty outshines all imaginable loveliness. Surely what we have “seen” keeps pace with, indeed, far exceeds, what we have “heard.” Let us, then, glorify and praise God for a Savior so precious, and so satisfying.