Evening, June 17, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Then Israel sang this song: Spring up, O well! Sing to it.” — Numbers 21:17
The well of Beer was famous in the wilderness, because it was the subject of a promise: “That is the well where the LORD said to Moses, “Assemble the people, that I may give them water.” The people needed water, and it was promised by their gracious God. We need fresh supplies of heavenly grace, and in the covenant the Lord has pledged himself to give all we require. Next, the well became the cause of a song. Before the water gushed forth, cheerful faith prompted the people to sing; and as they saw the crystal fountain bubbling up, the music grew even more joyous. In like manner, we who believe the promise of God should rejoice in the prospect of divine revivals in our souls, and as we experience them our holy joy should overflow. Are we thirsty? Let us not complain, but sing. Spiritual thirst is bitter to bear, but we need not bear it—the promise of God indicates a well; let us be of good heart, and look for it. Moreover, the well was the center of prayer. “Spring up, O well.” What God has appointed to give, we must search after, or we display that we have neither desire nor faith. This evening let us ask that the Scripture we have read, and our devotional exercises, may not be an empty formality, but a channel of grace to our souls. O that God the Holy Spirit would work in us with all his mighty power, filling us with all the fulness of God. Lastly, the well was the object of effort. “The nobles of the people digged it, by the direction of the lawgiver, with their staves.” The Lord would have us active in obtaining grace. Our staves are ill adapted for digging in the sand, but we must use them to the utmost of our ability. Prayer must not be neglected; the assembling of ourselves together must not be forsaken; commandments must not be slighted. The Lord will give us his peace in plenty, but not in a way of idleness. Let us, then, bestir ourselves to seek him in whom are all our fresh springs.