"Lift them up for ever."
God's people need lifting up! They are very heavy
by nature. They have no wings; or, if they have;
they are like the dove of old which lay among the
pots; and they need divine grace to make them
mount on wings covered with silver, and with
feathers of yellow gold. By nature sparks fly
upward, but the sinful souls of men fall downward.
O LORD, "lift them up for ever!!" David himself
said "Unto Thee, O God, do I lift up my soul,"
and he here feels the necessity that other men's
souls should be lifted up as well as his own.
When you ask this blessing for yourself, do not
forget to seek it for others also.
There are three ways in which God's people require
to be lifted up. They require to be elevated in
character. Lift them up, O Lord, do not suffer
them to be like the world's people! The whole
world lieth in the wicked one, lift them out of
it!! The world's people are seeking after silver
and gold, seeking their own pleasures, and the
gratification of their own lusts; but, LORD;
lift Thy people above all this, keep them from
being "Muck-rakers" as John Bunyan calls the man
who was always scraping after gold. Set their
hearts upon their risen Lord and the heavenly
Moreover, believers need to be prospered in
conflict. In the battle, if they seem to fall;
O Lord, be pleased to give them victory. If the
foe be upon their necks for a moment, help them
grasp the sword of the Spirit; and eventually to
win the battle. LORD, lift up Thy children's
spirits in the day of conflict; let them not sit
in the dust, mourning for ever. Suffer not the
adversary to vex them sore, or make them fret;
but if they have been, like Paul and Silas;
persecuted, let them sing of the mercies of an
Almighty, delivering GOD.
We may also ask our Lord to lift them up at the
last! Lift them up by taking them home, lift
their bodies from the tomb, and raise their souls
to Thine eternal kingdom in glory.
by C.H. SPURGEON
Martin G. Smith