Elder's Encouragement

January - 2019

The following is a devotion taken from “Morning and Evening” the popular devotional by Charles Spurgeon. I always liked this devotional but the old English used by Surgeon was almost like reading a foreign language. I would find myself spending more time figuring the language out than figuring out what God wanted me to learn from it. This is a new version, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. It translates the old language into a more modern English without disturbing Spurgeon’s thoughts. You can find this updated version at Amazon.com or Christianbook.com. This devotional book has stood the test of time and is highly recommended. This is the devotion for January 1st, evening.

Jack Meehan,



We will exult and rejoice in you. Song of Songs 1:4

We will be glad and rejoice in You. We will not open the gates of the year to the sorrowful notes of the organ, but to 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 make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation." Ps 95:1

We, the called and faithful and chosen, will drive away our griefs and set up our banners of confidence in the name of God. Let others lament over their troubles; we with joy will magnify the Lord. Eternal Spirit, our effectual Comforter, we who are the temples in which You dwell will never cease from adoring and blessing the name of Jesus.

Jesus must have the crown of our heart's delight; we will not dishonor our Bridegroom by mourning in His presence. We are ordained to be the minstrels of the skies; let us rehearse our everlasting anthem before we sing it in the halls of the New Jerusalem. We will exult and rejoice: two words with one sense, double joy, blessedness upon blessedness.

Need there be any limit to our rejoicing in the Lord even now? Do not men of grace find their Lord to be the sweetest of incense even now, and what better fragrance have they in heaven itself? We will be glad and rejoice in You. That last word is the meat in the dish, the kernel of the nut, the soul of the text.

What heavens are laid up in Jesus! What rivers of infinite bliss have their source, aye, and every drop of their fullness in Him! Since, O sweet Lord Jesus, You are the present portion of Your people, favor us this year with such a sense of Your preciousness that from its first to its last day we may be glad and rejoice in You. Let January open with joy in the Lord, and December close with gladness in Jesus.

Theresa PeckComment