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Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - October 30, 2015

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> "I will praise thee, O Lord."
> Psalm 9:1
> Praise should always follow answered prayer; as the mist of earth's gratitude
rises when the sun of heaven's love warms the ground. Hath the Lord been gracious
to thee, and inclined his ear to the voice of thy supplication? Then praise him as
long as thou livest. Let the ripe fruit drop upon the fertile soil from which it
drew its life. Deny not a song to him who hath answered thy prayer and given thee
the desire of thy heart. To be silent over God's mercies is to incur the guilt of
ingratitude; it is to act as basely as the nine lepers, who after they had been
cured of their leprosy, returned not to give thanks unto the healing Lord. To
forget to praise God is to refuse to benefit ourselves; for praise, like prayer,
is one great means of promoting the growth of the spiritual life.

It helps to
remove our burdens, to excite our hope, to increase our faith. It is a healthful
and invigorating exercise which quickens the pulse of the believer, and nerves him
for fresh enterprises in his Master's service. To bless God for mercies received
is also the way to benefit our fellow-men; "the humble shall hear thereof and be
glad." Others who have been in like circumstances shall take comfort if we can
say, "Oh! magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together; this poor
man cried, and the Lord heard him.

" Weak hearts will be strengthened, and drooping
saints will be revived as they listen to our "songs of deliverance." Their doubts
and fears will be rebuked, as we teach and admonish one another in psalms and
hymns and spiritual songs. They too shall "sing in the ways of the Lord," when
they hear us magnify his holy name. Praise is the most heavenly of Christian
duties. The angels pray not, but they cease not to praise both day and night; and
the redeemed, clothed in white robes, with palm-branches in their hands, are never
weary of singing the new song, "Worthy is the Lamb."
> Evening
> "Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me
to hear it."
> Song of Solomon 8:13
> My sweet Lord Jesus remembers well the garden of Gethsemane, and although he has
left that garden, he now dwells in the garden of his church: there he unbosoms
himself to those who keep his blessed company. That voice of love with which he
speaks to his beloved is more musical than the harps of heaven. There is a depth
of melodious love within it which leaves all human music far behind. Ten of
thousands on earth, and millions above, are indulged with its harmonious accents.

Some whom I well know, and whom I greatly envy, are at this moment hearkening to
the beloved voice. O that I were a partaker of their joys! It is true some of
these are poor, others bedridden, and some near the gates of death, but O my Lord,
I would cheerfully starve with them, pine with them, or die with them, if I might
but hear thy voice. Once I did hear it often, but I have grieved thy Spirit.
Return unto me in compassion, and once again say unto me, "I am thy salvation." No
other voice can content me; I know thy voice, and cannot be deceived by another,
let me hear it, I pray thee.

I know not what thou wilt say, neither do I make any
condition, O my Beloved, do but let me hear thee speak, and if it be a rebuke I
will bless thee for it. Perhaps to cleanse my dull ear may need an operation very
grievous to the flesh, but let it cost what it may I turn not from the one
consuming desire, cause me to hear thy voice. Bore my ear afresh; pierce my ear
with thy harshest notes, only do not permit me to continue deaf to thy calls.
Tonight, Lord, grant thine unworthy one his desire, for I am thine, and thou hast
bought me with thy blood. Thou hast opened mine eye to see thee, and the sight has
saved me. Lord, open thou mine ear. I have read thy heart, now let me hear thy
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