Sermon 1178. Glorying in the Lord
C. H. SPURGEON,
AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON.
"He that glories, let him glory in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 1:31.
THERE is an irresistible tendency in us to glory in something or other. All classes of men glory-the highest and the lowest,the richest and the poorest, the best educated and the most illiterate. Solomon glories and so does the fool. Goliath gloriesand so does David. Pharaoh glories and so does his slave. Even in the most modest, the tendency to boast is present-only itsnakedness is daintily concealed. Good men glory, yes, and in hours of weakness they have gloried in objects very unworthyof their boasts. You remember how, when the ambassadors came out of Babylon, Hezekiah showed them all his riches and his stores-andno doubt he gloried while he took them from treasure house to treasure house- and opened his caskets and showed all his preciousthings.
But it was an evil thing, and the Lord was angry with him for that glorying, and bade the Prophet foretell that all his choicevessels should be carried away as plunder by the very people whose ambassadors he had so delighted with the sight. The veryfirst person who was born into this world was the subject of glorying and his mother, as she gazed upon him with rapture,said, "I have gotten a man from the Lord." Perhaps she even said, as the original has been construed, "I have gotten a man-theLord," thinking that surely he might be the promised seed of the woman who would bruise the serpent's head and would proveto be both a man and the Lord. Alas, it was Cain, who slew his brother, and was a child of the serpent rather than the bruiserof his head. The thing we glory in, though it is a dear child, may turn out to be a scourge for our backs-a Cain and not aconsolation. Jacob glories in Joseph's princely coat, but he wept, indeed, when he saw its many colors all turned to a blood-redhue.
I say good people have the tendency to glory and sometimes they glory in unworthy objects. Therefore it is that God has prepareda cure for it-not by repressing the instinct to glory-but by giving a worthy Subject for glorying-which finds in it a widerrange and full liberty, but only in a licensed field. It may not wander there, nor there, nor there, for it is ill to gloryin worldly things, but it may fly away up yonder to God Himself, and stretch its wings, and plume itself as much as it willin Heaven. The cure for vainglory is true glory! Somewhat upon the homeopathic principle, the cure for boasting is to boastin the Lord all the day long.
The prevention of glorying in men, glorying in riches and glorying in self, is glorying in the Lord. "He that glories, lethim glory in the Lord." On that text we shall now speak. And we shall have these four points. First, let us, dear Brothersand Sisters, as many of us as know the Lord, glory only in the Lord. Then, secondly, let us glory heartily in the Lord. Thirdly,let us glory growingly in the Lord. And, lastly, let us glory practically in the Lord.
I. First, then, LET US GLORY ONLY IN THE LORD. And we should do this because the theme of glorying is too great to admit ofanother. It was a good argument of a simple-minded man that there could not be two gods, because the first God filled Heavenand earth and all places, and therefore there was not room for another. If God is everywhere and fills all in all, there canbe no other God. And if the glory of God is infinite, then there can be no second glory. And if the theme is boundless, thenthere is not room for a second. As all other gods but Jehovah must be idols, so all other glory except that which is in theLord must be foolish and sinful.
Those men who really know the Lord feel that such is the greatness of His Glory, that it takes up all our faculties, absorbsall our powers, demands, indeed, our whole energy-and we cannot spare time, or love, or skill, or power, or thought for anyother topic. Let the Lord be gloried in, and Him alone, because the Lord, alone, is worthy to be gloried in. He, only, isgreat! He is the blessed and only Potentate! From Him, only, comes our salvation! He is God alone! Therefore in one rollingflood let all our glorying cheerfully flow at His feet. All glory should be given unto God, because any other object of gloryhighly provokes the Most High. He has said, "My glory will I not give to another, nor My praise to graven images."
It is written concerning Israel, "They moved Him to jealousy with their graven images. When God heard this, He was angry andgreatly abhorred Israel" (Psa. 78:58, 59). The moment we begin trusting in a created arm, God is highly provoked with us. "Cursed is he that trusts in man, and makesflesh his arm." And if we begin glorying in anything else, either the Lord will send the worm at the root to make the gourdwither, or He will stamp our idol into pieces and make us drink of the bitter water with which it is mixed-or else He willinflict upon us some other severe chastisement, for He cannot bear a rival. Where the ark of the Lord is, Dagon must comedown. God will be all, or nothing. He cannot accept divided homage. Let us not provoke Him, then, especially when He tellsus, "The Lord your God is a jealous God."
Since He is so tender of His own name, let us be tender of it, too. If He would bear it, even then it would be wrong of usto test and try Him. But since He will not bear it, but is jealous, and His fury goes forth like flames of fire, let us takeheed what we do. Think of Nebuchadnezzar and how his proud speech led to his loss of his reason and herding with cattle. RememberBelshazzar and how he was found wanting, because it was said of him, "The God in whose hand your breath is, and whose areall your ways, you have not glorified, but you have praised the gods of silver and gold, and wood, and stone, and iron, whichsee not, nor hear, nor know." Remember how the Lord smote Herod so that he was eaten of worms, because he received divinehonors and gave not God the glory-"Give glory to the Lord your God before He cause darkness, and before your feet stumbleupon the dark mountains." Glory in the Lord alone, for He will not endure to have it otherwise.
There is, indeed, my dear Brothers and Sisters, no other fit ground for glorying in all the world except the Lord. For whatwould there be in this world if God were to withdraw His power? If there were some other object in which we thought we couldglory, yet since it came from Him, it would be idle to glory in the streams-we had better boast in the Fountainhead from whichthe stream descends! All things that are, exist only by the will and sovereign good pleasure of the Lord of All! Let us notglory, then, in that which depends upon Him, but in God Himself, the Wellhead of all! Glory not in the sunbeams but in thesun which scatters them, not in the drops but in the Heaven from which they distil, not in the goods but in the Supreme Goodwho bestows them!
Moreover, all things in this world are fleeting, so why should we glory in that which is today and tomorrow will pass away?"All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof as the flower of grass." Who will dare to rejoice in it? The grass withers-thoughtoday it is in its prime, tomorrow it is cast into the oven-it is a poor thing upon which to boast. The drunks of Ephraimchose for their crown of pride and glorious beauty a fading flower-but we who are sober reject so fleeting a diadem. Onlyvery benighted heathens could worship a god of snow, melting at every glance of the sun! Shall an immortal spirit delightin dying joys? Shall the heirs of eternal bliss glory in a momentary treasure? Glory not, therefore, in the things that sosoon depart!
Let your glory be in that which will last as long as your own being. Heir of Immortality, take care that you have somethingto glory in which will never wither or decay! Set your love upon that which rust cannot canker, nor moth devour. Besides,there is nothing in this world that has in it qualities worthy of our glorying in comparison with God. He is the sun! Thestars must hide their heads when He appears. He is the ocean! All these ponds and pools are of small account. Let us blessthe eternal ocean of all-sufficient Glory and Goodness and not turn aside to magnify our little Abanas and Pharpars. Sin isstamped upon almost everything-and even the unfallen angels, in comparison with God, are of little worth-the purity that excelseclipses all. "The heavens are not pure in His sight, and He charged His angels with folly." Foolish is he, therefore, whoshall boast in these inferior things while the thrice Holy God presents Himself as the true and legitimate subject of ourglorying-
"Praise the God of all creation, Praise the Father's boundless love! Praise the Lamb, our expiation, Priest and King enthronedabove! Praise the Fountain of salvation, Him by whom our spirits live! Undivided adoration To the One Jeho vah give!"
Dear Friends, we ought to glory in the Lord because when we do so we shall be in accord with the true order of the universe.Look abroad and mark the works of God in Creation-what do they glory in? "The heavens are telling the
glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork." The great pulses of the universe will keep time and tune to your heartif you glory in the Lord. "All Your works praise You, O God." Creation is a temple in which everyone speaks of the glory ofJehovah. Turn to Providence and faith's eye perceives that Providence is always displaying the glory of the Lord. All thingswork not only for the good of the elect, but for the glory of the Most High-"For of Him and through Him and to Him are allthings, to whom be the glory forever." The ponderous wheels, as they revolve in all their solemn grandeur, are full of eyes-andthose eyes look to the glory of God!
You are in accord both with Providence and Creation when you glory only in the Lord. Lift up, now, your eyes and behold theangels, those bright spirits who watch over us and rejoice when we repent. What do you think is their song? "Glory to Godin the highest." Truly they sing, "Peace, good will towards men," but first of all they cry to one another, "Glory to God."This is their ancient song and they have not ceased to sing it! You are in accord, therefore, with the blessed spirits whodo His commandments, hearkening to the voice of His word, when you glory only in Him. Yes, and you are in accord with theDivine Trinity, for what does the Father do but glorify the Son? What does the Son aim at when He says, "Father, glorify YourSon"? It is, "that Your Son, also, may glorify You."
What does the Holy Spirit do when He takes of the things of Christ and shows them to us? Has not Jesus said of Him, "He shallglorify Me"? There is a mutual delight in each Other in the Persons of the blessed Trinity, so that each Divine Person delightsto glorify the rest. God thus glorifies Himself! All His works praise Him! All His decrees praise Him. All things which are,or shall be, show forth His sole Glory. Well, dear Brothers and Sisters, as we do not wish to be out of gear with the worksof God, or opposed to His nearest attendants, or in rebellion against the sacred Trinity, let us stand to it that our soulsshall glory only in the Lord as long as we live! So much upon that first head, let us glory only in the Lord.
II. Now, secondly, may the Spirit of God help us to GLORY HEARTILY IN THE LORD with the whole force of our nature renewedby Divine Grace-not as a matter of form-but in deed and in truth! Let us make our boast in the Lord heartily, doing it sothat the humble may hear of it and be glad, since there is good cause for heartily glorying in the Lord, first, because ofHis love. "God is love." O you that have tasted of that love, glory in it! Glory that it is eternal, that it never had a beginning,that He fixed His love upon the objects of His choice before the mountains lifted their hoary heads above the clouds! Gloryin it! It is no passion of yesterday, but the deep-seated, fixed resolve of all eternity- the purpose of the Ancient of Dayswhen as yet days had not begun their little round. Speak they of antiquity? Lo, it is here! "I have loved you with an everlastinglove!"
Shall we not glory in this? I am resolved that none shall stop me of this glorying while my tongue can speak! Glory in theDivine Love in its wonderful benefactions, inasmuch as having loved His people He gave His only begotten Son that they mightbe redeemed from wrath through Him. God commends His love towards us in that while we were yet without strength, in due timeChrist died for the ungodly. The Only Begotten is God's unspeakable gift, including and securing every good gift. What mannerof love is this? We can never measure it, nor fully declare it-let us resolve forever to glory in it! There was never suchlove as this, love so ancient, love so disinterested, so boundless-love which brought the Darling of Heaven down to be despisedand rejected of men.
Oh, mighty Love that could hold the Son of God, Himself, in fetters of affection, lead Him into a lifelong captivity to itspower and at last fasten Him to the deadly tree! That love of God to us was free, unpurchased, unsought. He loved us becauseHe would love us-not because we were lovely, but because He is love. He must love, for love is His Nature. There was no otherconstraint upon Him. Oh, blessed, blessed be the love of God, to think it should come to us unsought, unbought, undeserved-spontaneouslyleaping up like a living fountain with none to dig the well, but springing up in the midst of the Sahara of our barren natureand then blessing us with unspeakable blessings as it overflowed! Glory in the love of God!
Here is sea-room for you. Beloved, there is no love comparable to it! If all the loves that ever burned in the hearts of mothers,brothers, wives and husbands could all be heaped up, they would be but a mole hill compared with the love of God in ChristJesus! And if all the loves that ever were among men or angels could be gathered together they would be as a spark-and God'slove to us like a mighty furnace flame. Glory in it, therefore, all the day long, for well you may. "He loved me and gaveHimself for me." You need not give up glorying when you have reached the center of your Subject, for you can glory, next,in the Lord's faithfulness. Glory in the fact that He never yet changed the objects of His love. Whom
once He loves He never leaves, but loves them to the end. No fickle lover is He! He is no husband who sues out a divorce againsthis errant spouse. "Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement that I put away? To which of My creditors have I sold you?"No, we can challenge all mankind and say, "The Lord, the God of Israel, says that He hates putting away."
You may glory in the faithfulness of God as to all His promises. He has newer broken His Covenant, nor neglected to fulfillHis Word. To no child of His has He acted unkindly. In no hour of need has He deserted one that trusted in Him. Under no periland under no provocation has He cast away His people whom He did foreknow, so that this day the whole Church is persuadedthat, "Neither life, nor death, nor things present, nor things to come shall separate us from the love of God which is inChrist Jesus our Lord." Go and glory that His mercy endures forever! Tell it everywhere that man can lie, but God cannot.That man can forget his promise and can utterly forsake his dearest friend, but that the faithful God has never yet run backfrom His Covenant nor forfeited the oath of His Divine Grace.
And if you should need a change of subject, I would recommend you glory in the Lord as to His holiness. This is an attributewhich has charm to Christians, but to none besides. "Bless the Lord, O my Soul," says David, and he adds, "And all that iswithin me, bless"-His gracious name, is it? No! Bless His loving name? No! It runs thus, "Bless His holy name," because thewhole includes all the parts and the holiness, or the wholeness of God is a grander thing than any one of the distinct attributeswhich make up the whole, or the holiness of His Character. Go and glory in the holiness of God, for there is none as holyas the Lord, neither is there any god like our God. It is this which angels glory in, for as they veil their faces, they say,"Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts." It is a grand attribute of God. "The Lord is great in Zion, and He is high above allthe people. Let them praise Your great and terrible name, for it is holy."
Bless His name that even to show His love He would not be unholy-and even to forgive sins He would not be unjust. He neverblunted the edge of the sword of justice in order to stretch out His hand of mercy. He is as sternly and inflexibly just towardssin as if He never forgave iniquity. And yet He forgives sinners through Christ Jesus as freely and fully as if He never punisheda transgression! All His attributes are full-orbed-no one encroaches upon the other so as to diminish its luster. "The Lordour God is holy," while at the same time, "God is love." Let us therefore glory in His Divine perfection and in the wondrousAtonement for sin which was required in consequence. An unholy God could have dispensed with an expiation, but then we shouldhave had no ground for confidence, since He who can set aside justice in one direction might do it in the opposite. He whopardons without atonement might also punish without fault.
For my part, I always glory in the old-fashioned doctrine of Substitution. I do not know anything about the Atonement whichhas been invented by the cultured gentlemen of modern times-though their theory is so often cried up-it contains so littleworth the crying. They call ours a commercial atonement, and truly we cannot call theirs by the same name, for it is worthnothing and none would care to commerce with it! It is a hazy kind of atonement which did something or other, I do not knowwhat it was, in so intangible and mysterious a manner that it is but remotely connected with our getting to Heaven! What itwas nobody knows, but each Divine has a theory for his own private use.
I believe Christ bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that, "the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and that withHis stripes we are healed." I believe that there was a literal and actual expiation made by Christ, and that-
"He bore, that we might never bear, His Father's righteous ire."
And this I glory in because it shows the Justice and the Mercy of God walking hand in hand-Righteousness and Peace kissingeach other and entering into a solemn compact for the salvation of the sons of men. Surely in the Lord Jehovah we have righteousnessand strength, and therefore will we glory in Him forever-
"Holy, Holy, Holy!
All Hea ven's triumphant choir shall sing
When the ransomed nations fall At the footstool of their King!
Then shall saints and seraphim, Harps and voices, swell one hymn Round the Throne with full accord, Holy, Holy, Holy Lord."
And if you feel you would like to alter the subject, then glory in the all-sufficiency of your God, and in the liberalitywith which He distributes His mercies among His chosen. Notice the verse that precedes the text-"But of Him are you in ChristJesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption." In Christ Jesus is not onegood thing given to us, but every good thing!
He does not give us part of salvation, but the whole of salvation. Do we need to be instructed? Christ is our wisdom. Do weneed to be clothed in the sight of God with a righteousness that shall render us acceptable? Christ is our righteousness.Do we need to be purified and cleansed? Christ is our sanctification. And do we need to be set free and delivered from allbondage? Christ is our redemption. In God the Christian finds sufficiency-let us improve the word- all-sufficiency! Thereare riches of Divine Grace in Christ Jesus, all that you can ever need, all that the myriads of God's chosen can need-so muchthat after all the saints have taken immense draughts, there is as much left as before!
I felt, when I was coming up to preach tonight, as if I had been down, like a little child, to the sea, and I had stoopedto the wave and filled my palms as well as I could with the sparkling water. But as I have been coming to bring it to you,it has nearly all trickled away, for I am not able to hold it by reason of my leaking hands. Yet, for all that, the littleI can bring will make you, I hope, rejoice in the great eternal ocean from which it was taken, for you will never drain God'slove, mercy and Truth dry, though you should draw from it forever! You need never think you will exhaust Infinity! When achild of God thinks he has exhausted the patience and mercy of God he is something like a little fish in the sea which said,"Oh, I am so thirsty, I am afraid I shall drink up the Atlantic." O little fish, you have no idea how mighty the ocean is!Countless myriads such as you are may swim in it and the ocean will be none the less.
O beloved Believer, yours is no stinted store! Joseph said to his brothers, "The good of all the land of Egypt is yours,"and it was a great promise. But the Lord Jesus says to you tonight, "All things are yours, whether things present, or thingsto come, life or death, all are yours." We have not gone to the full length when we have quoted that, for there is anotherword that tops it all, "I am your God." And to have God to be ours is more than to have Heaven and earth, and things presentand things to come! No one living on earth, or even in Heaven, can tell how vast are the possessions of a Believer who cansay, "The Lord is my portion." Go and glory in God's all-sufficiency and the freeness with which He gives it out!
There is one point every child of God may glory in, but he will scarcely care to do so unless, when he is alone by himself,or with Brethren who can sympathize. We glory in the nearness and dearness of the relationship which God holds to us. Theman who can bow his knee and say from his heart, "Our Father," has more to glory in than the Czar of all the Russias, or theEmperor of the grandest nations of antiquity! Is Christ my Brother? I am ennobled by that relationship! Is He married to mysoul? Is it, indeed, true that your Maker is your Husband? Is God so very near that He cannot be nearer? And am I so verydear to Him that I cannot be dearer, because in the Person of His Son I am as dear as He? Then ought I not to glory in this?And while some will say, "We are rich, and our riches are the main thing," and others will say, "We have followed after wisdom,and we rejoice in what we have discovered." And a third party will say, "We are famous and great, and we glory in our honors,"we will sit down in some quiet corner, where none shall hear us but the Lord, and we will say, "I am my Beloved's, and Heis mine-this is my glory, and I will boast in it both in life and in
So then, Beloved, I have shown that you have good cause to glory in the Lord heartily, but I cannot make you do it. I praythe Holy Spirit to stir the hearts of all God's people to make them glory in the Lord, and exult in the God of their salvation-
"My God, I'll praise You while I live, And praise You when I die, And praise You when I rise again, And to eternity."
Neither till death, nor in death, nor after death will we cease glorying in the Lord!
III. Now we come to the third point, and that is, we ought to GLORY IN THE LORD GROWINGLY. That is to
say, Beloved, we should glory in God in proportion as we learn more of Him and receive more from Him. Many Believers onlyknow the elements-they are at a preparatory school and sit among the babes in Christ-therefore their songs are children'shymns and not the grand old Psalms of heroes and sages. It should be our desire to grow in the knowledge of
our Lord. Beyond the rudiments of the faith there are deeper, higher and fuller Truths of God which invite our considerationand will abundantly repay it.
Perhaps you learned justification by faith a long while ago, but you have not learned the doctrine of election, yet, nor thedoctrine of the unchangeable love of God. Labor to know them, for ignorance of them is neither bliss nor strength. As a faithfuldisciple, go on to learn more and more, and when you have learned the more mysterious doctrines, glory in God more. As youknow more, be sure you return more praise to Him, for, if anything which you believe concerning the Lord does not cause youto praise Him more, it cannot be the Truth of God or else your heart is in a wrong condition. Every genuine Revelation ofGod has this mark upon it-that it makes Him appear more glorious! The wisdom which derogates from the honor of God comes frombeneath and is founded in a lie-true wisdom exalts the name of the Lord and bows the heart in adoration.
Beloved, glory growingly in the Lord as you know more of Him by Revelation. Moses said, "I beseech You show me Your Glory,"and surely, after he had been put in the cleft of the rock, and seen his God, he gloried more in Him than ever! Isaiah wasa man of stammering lips and was afraid to speak in God's name, until one day which he never forgot- for he tells us the year,"In the year that King Uzziah died," he remembered it well enough-he saw the Lord sitting upon a Throne high and lifted up,and His train filled the Temple, while the Glory of His Presence made the posts of the doors to move. Then Isaiah became verybold for his Lord and said, "Here am I, send me." Paul was, also, all the more resolved to know nothing but Christ crucifiedafter he had been caught up into the third Heaven, and there had seen and heard the Glory of the Lord!
Now I pray the Lord to reveal Himself to you, dear Friends, more and more, that you, also, may behold His Glory and receivea sacred bias thereby. May you see Jesus in your meditations and see Him by communion and fellowship with Him. And as yousee more of Him, go and tell abroad more of Him, and let others know what a glorious God you serve! His angels behold Himand then He makes them messengers-may yours be the vision and then the errand. What we have seen and heard-that must we testifyunto men. You will, as you live, see more of the Glory of God in His gracious dealings with you, for that is one of the methodsby which that Glory is revealed. Christ said to Mary and Martha, "Said I not unto you, if you would believe you should seethe Glory of God?" And as we get our prayers answered-as we are delivered in times of trouble and as all things are made towork for our good-we see the Glory of God! Never let a special season of mercy pass without praising Him. Never let an answerto prayer be unrecognized, but magnify the Lord, who in His abundant mercy has had such compassion upon you. Glorify Him,then, growingly.
As answers to prayer increase, glorify God more. As Grace is given to you in times of need, time after time, glorify Him more.As you find yourself helped, Providentially, in hours of trouble, and so see the wonderful work of the hand of the Lord onbehalf of His people, glorify Him more! And I will tell you what will help you to glorify Him more-it will be the sight ofconversion-work going on in other people. I do not think Christian people glorify God at any time so heartily and thoroughlyas when they see others saved! The sight of a young convert warms up old blood-and whereas we had doubts, troubles and inwardfighting while we were wrapped up in ourselves-when we get to hear little children in Christ cry to their Father and hearthem rejoice as the Lord puts away their sins, our confidence comes back, all our sacred passions begin to glow, and we say-"Thisis the place for me, for here I see the Glory of God."
"His Glory is great in your salvation." Where Christ works savingly, there the Glory of God is mightily revealed. And whenthe Lord builds up Zion, He appears in His Glory, and His servants rejoice to behold Him. How can they do otherwise? The stoneswould rebuke them if they were not to do so! They must glory in God more than they have ever done before. By-and-by, dearBrothers and Sisters, as time rolls on, we shall know more of the Lord, and get to be more like He and approach nearer toGlory itself. Beholding that Glory, as in a glass, we are changed from glory to glory, as by the image of the Lord. As wecome nearer to the approaching hour of our full redemption, the pins of our tent are taken up and the curtains of our tabernaclebegin to be removed-and we look forward to the "house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens," in which our one employmentshall be to behold the Glory of our Lord forever! Let us even now wholly glory in the Lord.
I have known some old Christians who were just one mass of glorying in the Lord. Their very faces shone with the brightnessof His Presence! They did neither talk to you in private, nor join in the public prayer, nor give forth any utterance butwhat you had to say of it, "Surely they have seen the Glory and their hearts are burning with it! And
therefore their tongues speak marvelous things and they talk as men whose lips have been touched with a live coal from offthe altar." When these hairs grow gray, may we be such old men and old women-may we be continually praising and glorying inthe Lord all the day long! We had better begin at once, for time is precious, and a good work cannot be commenced too promptly-
"I would begin the music here, And so my soul should rise, O for some heavenly notes to bear My passions to the skies."
IV. Now I come to the last point, which is, let us GLORY IN THE LORD PRACTICALLY. And how can we do
that? Every Christian ought to glory in the Lord practically by admitting that he belongs to his redeeming Lord. Are you aChristian and are you ashamed of it? How can you be said to glory in the Lord? A man does not hide away that which he gloriesin! If he glories in it he does not object to its being seen. Why, if he glories in anything, if others accuse him that hehas something to do with it, he admits the accusation and he says, "It is even so. And I am not ashamed of it. I glory init."
Charge a veteran with having been at Waterloo and he will glory in it! Accuse an artist of being a Royal Academician and hewill not deny the charge. Accuse me of loving my wife and children, and I smile at you. Why, then, blush to be called a followerof Jesus? You that love the Lord, I beseech you, come forward and say that you glory in Him! The Lord deserves that His peopleshould confess with their mouth that which they feel in their hearts. It is the least thing we can do, if He has saved us,to be willing to acknowledge that he is our Savior and that we rejoice in Him. Then, Brethren, after we have thus confessedHis Glory, let us continue to glory in Him by talking about it on all fit occasions. Do you not think that we are a greatdeal too silent in our piety?
We love the Lord, but we seem as if we do not want to tell anybody we do-and our common conversation does not betray us asit ought to do. It ought to be so full of Divine Grace and the Truths of God that men would find us out at once! Even as therose betrays itself by its perfume, and even the glowworm by its shining, so should our glorying in the Lord reveal us toall observers! I have heard talk of a professed Christian of whom his servant said, "I am glad my master goes to the Lord'sTable, for if he had not done so, I would not have known he was a Christian." I should think the chances were he was not aChristian at all-for we ought, in our common conversation, so glorify God that others would at once take knowledge of us-thatwe truly know and love His name!
A foreigner may speak English well, but he is known by his accent-and the accent of Divine Grace is quite as marked as thatof Nature. Speak to all around you about the Savior! I do not know a better way of getting rid of troublesome people thanoften to talk of Jesus. There are certain ones who vex you with their evil discourses-bring in the Lord Jesus Christ and theywill soon go away-for they will not like such weighty discourse. And at the same time better friends will be attached to youwho will love to join you in holy glorying. Glory in the Lord by standing up for Him when He is opposed. If you hear the proudones ridicule His Gospel and despise His people, put in a word for Jesus! Stand out and say, "I am one of His disciples. Despiseme! I hold those opinions! Ridicule me! That way which you call heresy is the same way I worship the Lord God of my fathers."
This is a practical way of glorifying Him, but many who have grown rich and respectable are much too mean-spirited to practiceit. I am ashamed of the cowardly spirit of many in these days who give up their Non-conformity because they cannot otherwiseget into what they call, "good society." The Lord have mercy on them! Glorify Him, again, by being calm under your troubles.When others are fretting and worrying, possess your soul in patience, and say, "No, I do not serve a fair-weather God, andI am not to be cowed and put down, for the eternal God is my refuge and underneath me are the everlasting arms. It does notbecome a man to tremble who has the God of Jacob for his help. I will bear trouble joyfully, if He wills to send it."
Glory in the Lord, Brothers and Sisters, practically, by having a contempt for those things which others value so much. Donot be greedy after the world. Love God too much to care for earthly treasures. If God gives you wealth, thank Him for itand use it. If He does not, do not worry about it. Feel that you are rich enough without the heaps of yellow metal. You haveyour God and that is the best wealth! You have a Heaven to go to, and a little Heaven below. Rejoice in that which you findin your God. Live above the world. Pray that God's Spirit will help you. "Let your conversation be in Heaven." Thus glorifyGod and when men look at you, compel them to feel that there is something in you and about
you which they cannot understand, for you have been with Jesus and you have learned of Him. In all these ways, "he that glorieslet him glory in the Lord."
I am sorry, in closing, to feel compelled to say that I am afraid many do not understand this. Perhaps you have gloried inyour priests and thought they were great. Very possibly some of you glory in your minister-you think he is very eminent. Andsome of you, it may be, glory in your purses and your possessions. Some of you glory in your broad acres and large houses.Some of you glory in the skill you have in your trade, or your quickness in business. It may be many of you glory in the factthat you are not as other men are. All these gloryings are evil! God help you to put them down! Even to glory in your Church,and glory in your sect, and glory in your creed is wrong!
To glory in the Lord is the work of His Spirit-and to live to make Him glorious in the esteem of men is the only thing worthyof an immortal mind. You will never glory in God till, first of all, God has killed your glorying in yourself. May He be pleased,in His infinite mercy, to show you unconverted sinners that there is nothing about you which you can justly glory in, buteverything for which you ought to be ashamed and to loathe yourselves. May He make you fly to Jesus. I pray you trust Himand be saved! The Lord bless you in this matter, for Jesus' sake. Amen.
PORTION OF SCRIPTURE READ BEFORE SERMON-1 Corinthians 1. HYMNS FROM "OUR OWN HYMN BOOK"-242, 174, 420.