Charles Haddon Spurgeon - poet and preacher
Is it not a sad proof of
the alienation of our nature that though God is everywhere we have to
school ourselves to perceive him anywhere?
His are the beauties
of nature, his the sunshine which is bringing on the harvest, his the
waving grain which cheers the husbandman, his the perfume which loads
the air from multitudes of flowers, his the insects which glitter around
us like living gems; and yet the Creator and Sustainer of all these is
far too little perceived.
Everything in the temple of nature speaks of his glory, but our ears
are dull of hearing. Everything, from the dewdrop to the ocean,
reflects the Deity, and yet we largely fail to see the eternal
I beseech you to pray that you may have
this text wrought into your very souls: “I have set the Lord always
Refuse to see anything without seeing God in it. Regard the
creatures as the mirror of the great Creator. Do not imagine that you
have understood his works till you have felt the presence of the great
worker himself. Do not reckon that you know anything till you know that
of God which lies within it, for that is the kernel which it contains.
Wake in the morning and recognize God in your chamber, for his
goodness has drawn back the curtain of the night and taken from your
eyelids the seal of sleep: put on your garments and perceive the divine
care which provides you with raiment from the herb of the field and the
sheep of the fold.
Go to the breakfast room and bless the God whose bounty has again provided for you a table in the wilderness:
out to business and feel God with you in all the engagements of the
day: perpetually remember that you are dwelling in his house when you
are toiling for your bread or engaged in merchandise.
At length, after a well-spent day, go back to your family and see the Lord in each one of the members of it;
his goodness in preserving life and health; look for his presence at
the family altar, making the house to be a very palace wherein king’s
At last, fall asleep at night as in the embraces of your God or on your Savior’s breast.
is happy living. The worldling forgets God, the sinner dishonors him,
the atheist denies him, but the Christian lives in him. “In him we live
and move and have our being; we are also his offspring.”
we look upon as shadows; the things which we touch and taste and handle
perish in the using; the elements of this solid earth shall dissolve
with fervent heat, but the ever-present God whom we cannot see is the
same, and of his years there is no end, and his existence is the only
real and true and eternal one to us.
He has been our dwelling-place in all generations, and it were evil
indeed not to know our own eternal home.
This is a main ingredient in
the oil of joy — to realize always that the Lord is round about us “as
the mountains are round about Jerusalem, from henceforth even for
From a sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon entitled "The Secret Of A Happy Life," delivered July 16, 1876.