Reading: “Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?”—Song of Solomon 6:10

By whomsoever this question is asked, there can be no question of whom it is said, for the church of Jesus, made comely by the comeliness which her Lord has put on her, is all this, and more, in every eye that can admire true loveliness and will be a perfection of beauty, in the upper and brighter world for ever.

The first openings of grace on the soul, after a dark night of the fall, may be compared to the beauty of the morning. But though fair as the moon, it is but a borrowed light as the moon and subject to changes in its increasing and in its waning also. As long as the sun’s influences are on this planet, its shining will be fair. But when objects intervene from the earth, and the sun does not shine, there will be an eclipse of all its borrowed lustre.

While Jesus, the Sun of righteousness, shines on me, all is fair and lovely; but if he withdraws, the night immediately follows. But oh, when grace is perfected in glory, when, as John saw, that wonder of wonders in heaven, “a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet” (Rev. 12:1), then shall the whole church of God shine forth “as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father.”

Precious Jesus, give me to see clearly my spiritual interest, from my union with Christ. Dear Lord, so make me strong in your strength, that during the whole period of my present warfare, I may be “terrible as an army with banners” to all that would oppose my way. Yea, Lord, let sin, and Satan, and the world, be ever so united against me; yet put on me the whole armour of my God, that I may “fight the good fight of faith, lay hold of eternal life, and be made more than conqueror through Him that loves me. 

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.