Morning, June 15, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me.” — Genesis 21:6
It was far beyond the power of nature, and even contrary to its laws, that Sarah in old age should be honored with a son; and even so it is beyond all ordinary rules that I, a poor, helpless, undone sinner, should find grace to bear about in my soul the indwelling Spirit of the Lord Jesus. I, who once despaired, as well I might, of my nature — dry, withered, and barren, and accursed as a howling wilderness — even I have been made to birth fruit to holiness. Fittingly may my mouth be filled with joyous laughter, because of the extraordinary, surprising grace which I have received of the Lord, for I have found Jesus, the promised seed, and he is mine forever. This day I will lift up psalms of triumph to the Lord who has remembered my abject poverty, for “my heart exults in the Lord; my horn is exalted in the Lord, my mouth speaks boldly against my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation.”
I would have all those laugh for joy with me that hear of my great deliverance from hell, and my most blessed visitation from on high; I would surprise my family with my abundant peace; I would delight my friends with my ever-increasing happiness; I would edify the Church with my grateful confessions; and even impress the world with the cheerfulness of my daily conversation. Bunyan tells us that Mercy laughed in her sleep, and no wonder, when she dreamed of Jesus; my joy shall not stop short of hers while my Beloved is the theme of my daily thoughts. The Lord Jesus is a deep sea of joy: my soul shall dive into it, shall be swallowed up in the delights of his companionship. Sarah looked on her Isaac, and laughed with a surplus of delight, and all her friends laughed with her; and you, my soul, look on your Jesus, and call heaven and earth to unite in your unspeakable joy.