Morning & Evening Daily Devotional Reading– February 1
by Charles H. Spurgeon, Revised and Edited by William C. Neff
“They will sing in the ways of the Lord.”
Christians first begin to sing in the ways of the Lord when they lose the burden of their own sins at the foot of the Cross. Not even the songs of the angels are as sweet as the first song of joy that gushes from the innermost soul of the forgiven child of God. In the book, The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan says that when poor Pilgrim lost his burden at the Cross he gave three great leaps, and went on his way singing.
I wonder if you remember the day when your chains fell off? Do you remember the place where Jesus met you, and said, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have blotted out your sins like a thick cloud, and they will not be mentioned against you any more forever.”
Oh! What a sweet time it is when Jesus takes away the pain of sin. When the Lord first pardoned my sin I was so joyous that I could hardly keep from dancing. On my way home I thought that I had to tell the stones in the street the story of my deliverance. I was so happy that I wanted to tell every snowflake that was falling from heaven of the wondrous love of Jesus who had blotted out my many sins.
It is not only at the beginning of the Christian life that believers have reason to sing. As long as they live they have even more cause to sing in the ways of the Lord. Their experience of His constant loving-kindness leads them to say, “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise will continually be in my mouth.”
Today, see to it that you magnify the Lord. [M&E]