Isaiah 40:9

“Get thee up into the high mountain.” 
              — Isaiah 40:9

Each believer should be thirsting for God, for the living God, and
longing to climb the hill of the Lord, and see him face to face. We
ought not to rest content in the mists of the valley when the summit of
Tabor awaits us. My soul thirsteth to drink deep of the cup which is
reserved for those who reach the mountain’s brow, and bathe their brows
in heaven. How pure are the dews of the hills, how fresh is the
mountain air, how rich the fare of the dwellers aloft, whose windows
look into the New Jerusalem! Many saints are content to live like men
in coal mines, who see not the sun; they eat dust like the serpent when
they might taste the ambrosial meat of angels; they are content to wear
the miner’s garb when they might put on king’s robes; tears mar their
faces when they might anoint them with celestial oil. Satisfied I am
that many a believer pines in a dungeon when he might walk on the
palace roof, and view the goodly land and Lebanon. Rouse thee, O
believer, from thy low condition! Cast away thy sloth, thy lethargy,
thy coldness, or whatever interferes with thy chaste and pure love to
Christ, thy soul’s Husband. Make him the source, the centre, and the
circumference of all thy soul’s range of delight. What enchants thee
into such folly as to remain in a pit when thou mayst sit on a throne?
Live not in the lowlands of bondage now that mountain liberty is
conferred upon thee. Rest no longer satisfied with thy dwarfish
attainments, but press forward to things more sublime and heavenly.
Aspire to a higher, a nobler, a fuller life. Upward to heaven! Nearer
to God!

“When wilt thou come unto me, Lord?
Oh come, my Lord most dear!
Come near, come nearer, nearer still,
I’m blest when thou art near.”



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