When one reads the following thoughts about the dew of heaven and our seeking for more of the influences and experience of the Holy Spirit, it almost sounds like some shallow pentecostal preacher talking. Many reformed preachers would certainly shy away from speaking in this way for fear of being misunderstood or because they do not believe this is sound theology regarding the Holy Spirit.
But the fact is, the one speaking here is C. H. Spurgeon, the 19th century calvinistic Baptist pastor. Also, many of the soundest and greatest preachers, writers, and theologians in church history viewed the Holy Spirit exactly as Spurgeon does here. May we ever be asking for more of the influence of the dew of heaven.
– Mack Tomlinson
The Dew of Heaven
“His heavens shall drop down dew.” – Deuteronomy 33:28
What the dew in the East is to the world of nature, that is the influence of the Spirit in the realm of grace. How greatly do I need it! Without the Spirit of God, I am a dry and withered thing. I droop, fade, and die. How sweetly does this dew refresh me! When once favored with it, I feel happy, lively, vigorous, and elevated. I need nothing more. The Holy Spirit brings me life and all that life requires. All else without the dew of the Spirit is less than nothing to me. I hear, I read, I pray and sing, and go to the Communion table, and yet I find no blessing there until the Holy Ghost visits me. But when He does, every means of grace is sweet and profitable.
What a promise this is for me! “His heavens shall drop down dew.” I shall be visited with grace. I shall not be left to my natural drought or to the world’s burning heat, or to satanic temptation. Oh, that I may at this very hour feel the gentle, silent, saturating dew of the Lord. Why should I not? He who had made me to live as the grace lives in the meadow will treat me as He treats the grass–He will refresh me from above. Grass cannot call for dew as I do. Surely the Lord, who visits the unpraying plant, will answer His pleading child.
– C. H. Spurgeon