Reading: In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them.”—Zechariah 12:8


Here is a sweet promise of the gospel. It is an Old Testament promise to be fulfilled in a New Testament day. The weak and feeble, in our spiritual David, shall be as David—that is, strong in the grace and strength that are in Christ Jesus. And the whole house of David, every true believer in Jesus, shall be as Jesus—that is, so accounted before God, as one in Christ, and accepted in him the beloved.


But what a sad consideration is it that the progress in the divine life, described here, is so seldom sought after by the people of God! We are, for the most part, satisfied to have made our calling and election sure, and do not seem to feel it much at heart, that frequently the soul goes lean, and is feeble in spiritual attainments. My soul! how needful it is to have this sweet promise brought home, and proved in the daily experience. Is not Jesus, in his person, work, and righteousness, to be continually improved in soul-acquaintance and communion? Should I not seek to preserve a constant communication with my Lord?

Whenever I consider his fullness, which is all for his people, surely I ought to have a desire for a renewed token of his love. And yet when I come to sit down in the evening, and to look back on what has passed between my Lord and me, through the day, alas! how little has my soul been going forth in desires after him, and in enjoying communion with him! Oh for grace from my Lord, that the grace and good-will, the mercy and kindness of God my Saviour, would be my daily song, and evening delight, in this house of my pilgrimage.

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 ©2014.