My belated christmas gift to you all (and a little too early for the new year) is some of Charles Spurgeon’s glorious, poetic and soul-inspiring words on Song of Songs 1 v 4: ‘We will rejoice and be glad in You.’ Here is his advice for the year to come:
‘We will not start this year with the sorrowful wail of a primitive trombone, but with the sweet strains of the harp of joy and the high sounding cymbals of gladness: ‘O come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation!’ (Psalm 95:1). Let others mourn over their troubles. We have the sweetening tree of Moses to cast in Marah’s bitter pool. We will magnify the Lord with joy (Exodus 15:25).
Eternal Spirit, our powerful Comforter, we who are the temples in which You dwell will never cease from adoring and blessing the name of Jesus. We will - we are resolved: Jesus must have the crown of our heart’s delight.
We are ordained to be the musicians of the skies. Let us rehearse our everlasting anthem before we sing in the halls of the New Jerusalem. We will be glad and rejoice. Two words with one meaning, doubly joy, blessedness on blessedness. Is there a limit to rejoicing in the Lord today? Do not people of grace find their Lord to be a precious fragrance, a rare ointment, a sturdy palm, and an aromatic spice? What better fragrance do they have in heaven itself? We will be glad and rejoice in You. That last word is the meat of the dish, the kernel of the nut, the soul of the text. What heavens are laid up in Jesus! What rivers of infinite blessings have their source and every drop of their fullness in Him!
Oh sweet Lord Jesus, You are the present portion of Your people. Give us such a sense of Your preciousness that from the first day of this year to the last day, ‘we will be glad and rejoice in You.’