Evening, April 9, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Your gentleness makes me great.” — Psalm 18:35
The words are capable of being translated, “your goodness has made me great.” David gratefully attributed all his greatness not to his own goodness, but the goodness of God. “Your providence,” is another reading; and providence — foreseeing care — is nothing more than goodness in action. Goodness is the bud of which providence is the flower, or goodness is the seed of which providence is the harvest. Some render it, “your help,” which is but another word for providence; providence being the firm ally of the saints, aiding them in the service of their Lord. Or again, “your humility has made me great.” “Your gracious descension” may, perhaps, serve as a comprehensive reading, combining the ideas mentioned, including that of humility. It is God’s making himself little which is the cause of our being made great. We are so little, that if God should manifest his greatness without descending to our level, we should be trampled under his feet; but God, who must stoop to view the skies, and bow to see what angels do, turns his eye yet lower, and looks to the lowly and contrite, and makes them great. There are yet other readings, as for instance, the Septuagint, which reads, “your discipline”—your fatherly correction—”has made me great;” while the Chaldean paraphrase reads, “your word has increased me.” Still the idea is the same. David assigns all his own greatness to the caring, descending goodness of his Father in heaven. May this sentiment be echoed in our hearts this evening while we cast our crowns at Jesus’ feet, and cry, “your gentleness has made me great.” How marvelous has been our experience of God’s gentleness! How gentle have been his corrections! How gentle his forbearance! How gentle his teachings! How gentle his calling! Meditate upon this theme, O believer. Let gratitude be awakened; let humility be deepened; let love be enlivened before you fall asleep tonight.