Spurgeon: August PM* 08/06/PM
"Let the whole earth be filled with His glory; Amen, and Amen."
This is a large petition. To intercede for a whole city needs
a stretch of faith, and there are times when a prayer for one
man is enough to stagger us. But how far-reaching was the
psalmist's dying intercession! How comprehensive! How sublime!
"Let the whole earth be filled with His glory." It doth not
exempt a single country however crushed by the foot of
superstition; it doth not exclude a single nation however
barbarous. For the cannibal as well as for the civilized, for
all climes and races this prayer is uttered: the whole circle of
the earth it encompasses, and omits no son of Adam. We must be
up and doing for our Master, or we cannot honestly offer such a
prayer. The petition is not asked with a sincere heart unless we
endeavour, as God shall help us, to extend the kingdom of our
Master. Are there not some who neglect both to plead and to
labour? Reader, is it your prayer? Turn your eyes to Calvary.
Behold the Lord of Life nailed to a cross, with the thorn-crown
about His brow, with bleeding head, and hands, and feet. What!
can you look upon this miracle of miracles, the death of the Son
of God, without feeling within your bosom a marvellous adoration
that language never can express? And when you feel the blood
applied to your conscience, and know that He has blotted out
your sins, you are not a man unless you start from your knees
and cry, "Let the whole earth be filled with His glory; Amen,
and Amen." Can you bow before the Crucified in loving homage,
and not wish to see your Monarch master of the world? Out on you
if you can pretend to love your Prince, and desire not to see
Him the universal ruler. Your piety is worthless unless it leads
you to wish that the same mercy which has been extended to you
may bless the whole world. Lord, it is harvest-time, put in Thy
sickle and reap.