Evening, April 15, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Carry them forever.” — Psalm 28:9
God’s people need to be carried (lifted up, KJV). They are weighed down by nature. They have no wings, or, if they have, they are like doves which hide among the pots; they need divine grace to make them mount on wings covered with silver, and with feathers of yellow gold. By nature, sparks fly upward, but the sinful souls of men fall downward. O Lord, “lift them up forever!” David himself said, “To you, O God, do I lift up my soul,” and he here feels the necessity that other men’s souls should be lifted up as well as his own. When you ask this blessing for yourself, do not forget to seek it for others also. There are three ways in which God’s people require to be lifted up. They require to be promoted in character. Lift them up, O Lord; do not suffer your people to be like the world’s people! The world lies in the power of the wicked one; lift them out of it! The world’s people are looking after silver and gold, seeking their own pleasures, and the gratification of their desires; but, Lord, lift your people up above all this; keep them from being “muck-rakers,” as John Bunyan calls the man who was always scraping after gold! Set their hearts upon their risen Lord and the heavenly heritage! Moreover, believers need to be prospered in conflict. In the battle, if they seem to fall, O Lord, be pleased to give them the victory. If the foot of the adversary is upon their necks for a moment, help them to grasp the sword of the Spirit, and eventually win the battle. Lord, lift up your children’s spirits in the day of conflict; do not let them sit in the dust, mourning forever. Do not allow the adversary to sorely vex them, and worry them; but if they have been, like Hannah, persecuted, let them sing of the mercy of a delivering God.
We may also ask our Lord to lift them up at their last day! Lift them up by taking them home, lift their bodies from the tomb, and raise their souls to your eternal kingdom in glory.