The Alarum
Psalm 57:8
Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.

The proper subject of such a text as this would be the excellence of early rising, especially when we would serve God. The dew of dawn should be consecrated to devotion. In the original it is, "I will awaken the morning." Early rising is an economy of time, an aid to health, and thus it doubly lengthens life. Our first hours are our best. But we wish to speak now rather of the awakening than to plead for the "early." It is bad to awake late, but what shall be said of those who never awake at all? Better late than never, but with some, it is to be feared, it will be never. Therefore I would ring the alarm-bell till the sluggard cries, with new-born determination, "I myself will awake." In the world people are, and must be, awake; let it be likewise in the Church.

I. WHEN WE WOULD PRAISE GOD. Our text is connected with the duty of praise. Let us be awake in such praise, both in private and in public. How often do we hear half-awake singing! We shall not praise at all if our souls be not awake. Sleeping birds sing not. When the three holy children sung in the fire their song was sweet indeed; yet had they not been thoroughly in earnest, they had poured forth no holy hymn.

II. WAKEFULNESS IS A GREAT NEED IN THE ENTIRE SPIRITUAL LIFE. It is a great want of the Church now. Slumber is so natural to us. Our talk about the things of God is very much like the talk of sleepers. "Yet," says one, "I hope we act consistently." I trust you do, but there are many people who walk in their sleep, and, alas! I know some Christian professors who appear to he trying very hazardous feats of sleep-walking just now. Some somnambulists have been able to walk in places where, had they been awake, they never would have been able to endure the dizzy height; and I see some Christians running awful risks, which I think they would never venture upon unless Shay had fallen into the deep sleep of carnal security. Dissenting Churches I know best about, and there are many where the minister preaches in his sleep, where prayer is offered in sleep, and even the communion is celebrated amid a profound spiritual slumber. Adam slept soundly when the taking away of his rib did not awaken him, but what shall we say of those who startle not though they are losing all the strength and glory of their souls? But we must wake up, for we are in an enemy's country. Did not the Master say, "Watch"?

III. CERTAIN WAYS OF KEEPING YOURSELVES AWAKE. Make it a matter of prayer. Use means; set the alarum of a good conscience, and mind you never tamper with it: attend an earnest ministry; let in the sunlight upon your souls, the light of the Sun of Righteousness; take example from the activity of the world. "I cannot sleep after such an hour," says one, "for I hear the tramp of those who are going into the city, and the grind of the street traffic." Read the biographies of eminent servants of Christ who have been full of zeal for Him. They will shame us out of our sloth. Above all, hear the trumpet of the second coming, "Behold, the bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet him." Let that awaken and keep us awake.

IV. THE GREAT AND URGENT NEED THAT THE UNCONVERTED SINNER SHOULD AWAKE. A deep and horrible sleep holds you fast. If it were not so, you would perceive your danger and be alarmed. God has many ways of waking His elect ones. See Paul. The garden at Philippi. Augustine. Have a care lest you awake too late.

( C. H. Spurgeon.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.

WEB: Wake up, my glory! Wake up, psaltery and harp! I will wake up the dawn.

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