Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Make God Glad with Your Love

I like to read Spurgeon's Morning and Evening Devotional, and last night's was so good I have to share it. Click here to find where you may daily read this devotional for yourself. I hope you will. The devotional for the evening of February 15 is taken from Psalm 45:1-17. At the end of verse 8 we read:
“Whereby they have made thee glad.”
The question is then asked, "Who are those who enjoy the privilege of making the Savior glad?" Of course, the answer is the people of God, specifically Christ's churches.

What a joyous thought! How glorious is this, that we may make our Lord and King glad?! He has made us glad, and we may make Him glad with our love. Spurgeon quotes Song of Solomon 4:10a, “How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love than wine!”

With this majestic thought in mind the Prince of Preachers wrote:
See, loving heart, how he delights in you. When you lean your head on His bosom, you not only receive, but you give Him joy; when you gaze with love upon His all-glorious face, you not only obtain comfort, but impart delight. Our praise, too, gives Him joy—not the song of the lips alone, but the melody of the heart’s deep gratitude. Our gifts, too, are very pleasant to Him; He loves to see us lay our time, our talents, our substance upon the altar, not for the value of what we give, but for the sake of the motive from which the gift springs. To Him the lowly offerings of His saints are more acceptable than the thousands of gold and silver.

Holiness is like frankincense and myrrh to Him. Forgive your enemy, and you make Christ glad; distribute of your substance to the poor, and He rejoices; proclaim His Gospel, and you are a sweet savor unto Him; go among the ignorant and lift up the Cross, and you have given Him honor. It is in your power even now to break the alabaster box and pour the precious oil of joy upon His head, like the woman in the Bible, whose testimony is still remembered wherever the Gospel is preached.

I had to share that. Now I pray that I'll do that!

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