Morning & Evening Devotional Reading–
February 3– Evening
by C. H. Spurgeon, revised and edited by W. C. Neff
“Tell me where you feed and rest your flock at noon.”
—Song of Solomon 1:7
These words express the desire of the believer after Christ and his longing for communion with him. Where do you feed your flock, Lord? Is it in your house? If so, I will go and find you there. Is it in private prayer? Then I will pray without ceasing. Is it in the Word? Then I will read it diligently. Perhaps it is in your commandments? If so, then I will walk in them with all my heart. Tell me where you feed your sheep, for wherever you stand as the Shepherd, there will I lie down as your sheep. There is no one else that can supply my need. My soul hungers and thirsts for the refreshment of your presence.
“Where do you make your flock to rest at noon?” My soul’s rest must be a grace-given rest, and this can only be found in you. Where is the shadow of that rock that I may relax beneath it, shaded from the sun? When you tend your flocks, why shouldn’t l join you? Satan tells me I am unworthy, and, in myself, I am; but you have loved me, and, therefore, my unworthiness cannot be a barrier to my having fellowship with you now. It is true I am weak in faith and prone to fall, but my very feebleness is the reason why I should always be where you feed your flock, that I may be strengthened and preserved in safety beside the still waters.
Why should I turn aside? There is no reason, but there are a thousand reasons why I should not, for Jesus beckons me to come. If he withdrew himself for a little while, it is only to make me prize his presence even more. Now that I am grieved and distressed at being away from him, he will lead me yet again to that sheltered nook where the lambs of his fold are covered from the burning sun. [M&E]