Lovelier with Age

His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem. – Songs 5:16

O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him. – Psalm 34:8

You know there are persons whom you account beautiful when you are young, but when you grow older in years, riper in judgment, and more refined in taste, you meet with others who look far more beautiful. Now, what think you of your Lord? Have you met with anyone in fact or in fable more beautiful than He? You thought Him charming when you were but a babe in grace. What think you of Him now? Taste, you know, grows, and develops with education: an article of virtue which fascinated you years ago has no longer any charms for you because your taste is raised. Has your spiritual taste outgrown your Lord’s beauties? Come, brothers, does Christ go down as you learn truth more exactly and acquaint yourself more fully with Him? Oh no. You prize Him a thousand times more to-day than you did when the first impression of His goodness was formed in your mind. Some things which look very lovely at a distance lose their loveliness when you get near to them: but is it not true that the nearer you get to Christ the lovelier He is? Some things are only beautiful in your eyes for their novelty: you admire them when you have seen them once; if you were to see them a dozen times you would not care much about hem. What say you about my Master? Is it not true that the oftener you see Him, the more you know Him, and the more familiar your intercourse with Him, the more He rises in your esteem? I know it is so; and well, therefore, did the spouse say, “He is altogether lovely.”

Beloved, you shall keep on looking at Christ from all these points of view till you get to heaven, and each time you shall be more enamoured of Him. When you reach the celestial city and see Him face to face, then shall you say, “The half has not been told us,” but even here below Christ is altogether lovely to His people. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

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