Morning & Evening Devotional Reading–
by C. H. Spurgeon, revised and edited by W. C. Neff
“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad.”
Some Christians are sadly prone to look on the dark side of everything and to think more about “what they have gone through” than “what God has done for them.” Ask them about the Christian life, and they will describe their continual conflicts, deep afflictions, and sad adversities; they scarcely mention any mercy and help that God has given them.
But a Christian whose soul is in a healthy condition will come forward joyously and say, “I will speak not about myself but to the honor of my God. He has brought me up out of a horrible pit and out of the miry clay and set my feet upon a rock. He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God. The Lord has done great things for me, and I am glad.”
It is true, of course, that we endure trials, but it is just as true that we are delivered out of them. It is true that we have our corruptions, and it should cause us to mourn, but it is quite as true that we have an all-sufficient Savior who overcomes these corruptions and delivers us from their mastery. It would be wrong to deny that we have been in despair and humiliation, but it would be equally wicked to forget that we have come through them safely into a wealthy place.
The deeper our troubles, the louder our thanks to God ought to be. Our hardships cannot destroy the melody of our praise; we count them to be the bass harmony of our life’s song: “He has done great things for us, and we are glad.” [M&E]