Wednesday, August 01, 2012


“Your joy and pleasure are the same substance which God delights in: "You will make them drink of the river of your pleasures" Psalm 36:8.
God takes pleasure in the graces of His saints; but how much more in His own inherent holiness, from whence those graces, those beautiful beams of righteousness, were first sent forth! Thus you are doing something God Himself cannot do if you can wrest any true pleasure out of unholiness. And let me ask this-- is it not the lowest of blasphemies for you to say that the path of righteousness is an enemy to true pleasure? In that accusation you are saying God Himself lacks joy, because true pleasure does not exist outside of holiness.
Even the devils, who hate God with a perfect hatred dare not declare that He is without joy. They know God is "glorious in holiness" and the Christian's bliss consists in sharing the same holiness which makes God Himself so blessed Exodus 15:11. This, Christian, is the ultimate expression of happiness, either on earth or in heaven-- the same thing that makes you glorious is what has made God glorious. Your joy and pleasure are the same substance, which God delights in: "You will make them drink of the river of your pleasures Psalm 36:8. Mark those words-- "the river of your pleasures." God has His pleasures, and He causes saints to drink of them!
Whenever a king commands his servants to take a visitor down into the cellar so he can drink wine with them, the person is highly honored by his host's generous gesture. But for the king to set the man at his table and let him drink his own wine is an even more cherished experience. Thus when God gives a man the creaturely pleasures of property, corn, wine, and oil, He entertains him in that common wine cellar. But when His grace and mercy beautify a soul with holiness, He gives the most precious gift the person can receive. He never clothes a man with the robe of righteousness unless He means to seat him at His own table in heaven's glory.”
Quoted material from, ”The Christian in Complete Armour Daily Readings in Spiritual Warfare” by Gurnall and James S Bell.

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