Certain good Christians look upon the Lord’s day as a season so solemn that it can only be properly kept by being as miserable as possible. Drawdown the blinds, darken the room, chide the children, banish every smile: now we are getting sabbatic.
This is not the teaching of our Master. The Sabbath should be, “a day most calm, most bright,” fit to be called “the endorsement of supreme delight.
It is a time of the singing of the birds, for the winter of our Lord’s humiliation is over and He has risen from the dead; today we celebrate the glory in the highest heavens, as the elect of God and the cornerstone of His church: Surely it ill becomes us to go about with our hands upon our knees as if we mourned His victory and grudged His honour.
No, let us clap our hands with exaltation.
“The Lord reigneth: let the earth rejoice.”
[C.H. Spurgeon. Met. Tab. Tab 24, p358]