Evening, March 5, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Say to my soul, ‘I am your salvation.’” — Psalm 35:3
What does this precious prayer teach me? It shall be my evening’s petition; but first let it yield me instructive meditation. The text informs me first, that David had his doubts; for why should he pray, “Say to my soul, I am your salvation,” if he were not sometimes disturbed with doubts and fears? Let me, then, be of good cheer, for I am not the only believer who has to complain of weakness of faith. If David doubted, I do not need to conclude that I am no Christian because I have doubts. The text reminds me that David was not content while he had doubts and fears, but he returned at once to the mercy seat to pray for reassurance; for he valued it as much fine gold. I too must labor after an abiding sense of my acceptance in the Beloved, and will have no joy when his love is not dispersed throughout my soul. When my Bridegroom is gone from me, my soul must and will fast. I also learn that David knew where to obtain full reassurance. He went to his God in prayer, crying, “Say to my soul, I am your salvation.” I must often be alone with God if I would have a clear sense of Jesus’ love. If my prayers cease, my eye of faith will grow dim. Much in prayer, much in heaven; slow in prayer, slow in progress. I notice that David would not be satisfied unless his assurance had a divine source. “Say to my soul.” Lord, do you say it! Nothing short of a divine testimony in the soul will ever satisfy the true Christian. Moreover, David could not rest unless his assurance had a dynamic personality about it. “Say to my soul, I am your salvation.” Lord, if you should say this to all believers, it would be as nothing, unless you should say it to me. Lord, I have sinned; I do not deserve your smile; I scarcely dare to ask it; but oh, say to my soul, even to my soul, “I am your salvation!” Let me have a present, personal, infallible, indisputable sense that I am yours, and that you are mine.