Friday, April 25, 2014

Delighting in God

Delighting in worldly things effectually prevents our delighting in God.  Therefore it is often the case, that the Lord strips us of these things, or incapacitates us to enjoy them in order to bring us back to delight in Himself.

He delights in His people and He desires that His people to delight in Him. In order to accomplish this, He has revealed Himself in the most amiable characters, as   a Husband;  a Friend;  a Brother;  a Savior;  a Shepherd, and so forth, all on purpose to endear Himself to us!

Surely if our hearts were right we would delight in Him on account of  His glorious perfections;   His unalterable love;   the perfect atonement made for our sins;   the promises made for our comfort and encouragement;   the gift of the Holy Spirit;   the communion we are urged to hold with Himself;   and the glorious paradise of blessedness set before us where we shall forever  view the unfolding of His glories, enjoy the riches of His grace, and drink of the river of His pleasures!

Sick Christian, Jesus bids you to delight in Him!  Delight in Him as your Savior, Friend, and Brother!  Delight in His person and glories!  Delight in His perfect work!  Delight in His glorious fullness!  Delight in your salvation in Him, union to Him, and claim upon Him.   Oh, delight in Jesus! You will have no permanent peace or solid satisfaction but as you are delight in Him, and rejoice in Him, saying,
"You are my portion, O Lord!"
[James Smith]
Psalm 37:4 ... Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Job 34:9 ...  For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.
Song of Solomon 2:3 ... As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
Romans 7:22 ... For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: