Reading: “I am my beloved’s, and his desire is towards me.”—Song of Solomon 6:10
Yes, dearest Jesus! I am truly thine, by every tie which can make me thine. I am thine by the gift of God the FATHER; by thine own betrothing me to tbyself; by the HOLY GHOST anointing me in thee and making me one with thee, and in thee, before the world. And I am thine in the recovery of the church from Adam’s fall and transgression by the sacrifice of thyself: for thou hast bought me with thy blood, and made me thereby the conquest of thine HOLY SPIRIT.
And now through thy divine teaching I can and do discover that from everlasting thy desire was towards thy redeemed ones, and even when dead in trespasses and sins, it was thy desire to quicken them into life, and bring them to thyself. And even now, notwithstanding my backwardness to thee, thou restest in thy love, and thou art calling me by thy grace, and seeking continual fellowship in ordinances, and by thy word and providences—all which prove that thy desire is towards me. And as to the everlasting enjoyment of all thy church above, thy prayer to thy Father manifested thy desire, when thou saidst, “Father, l will that they whom thou hast given me be with me to behold my glory!” Are these then the desires of my God and Saviour, my Husband, my Brother, my Friend? And shall my heart be thus cold towards thee? Oh, for the reviving influences of thy Spirit, that I may cry out with the church, “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth; for thy love is better than wine.”
“I must confess that I never realize Christ’s preciousness so much as when I feel myself still to be, apart from Him, an undeserving, hell-deserving sinner.”—C. H. Spurgeon
Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for thinkgospel.com ©2013.