Enjoy God’s ordinances
The enjoyment of God in this life. It is a great matter to enjoy God’s ordinances, but to enjoy God’s presence in the ordinances is that which a gracious heart aspires after. To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Psalm 63:2, ” This sweet enjoyment of God is when we feel his Spirit co-operating with the ordinance, and distilling grace upon our hearts. When in the Word the Spirit quickens and raises the affections. And they said one to another, did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? Luke 24:32.
“Did not our hearts burn within us?” When the Spirit transforms the heart leaving an impress of holiness upon it. How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? 2nd Corinthians. 3: 8, When the Spirit revives the heart with comfort, it comes not only with its anointing but with its seal; it sheds God’s love abroad in the heart. And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Rom. 5:5, “Our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.” That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 1st John 1:3.
In the Word, we hear God’s voice; in the sacrament, we have his kiss. The heart is warmed and inflamed in a duty is God’s answering by fire. The sweet communications of God’s Spirit are the first fruits of glory. Now Christ has pulled off his veil, and showed his smiling face; now he has led a believer into the banqueting-house, and given him of the spiced wine of his love to drink; he has put his finger in the hole of the door; he has touched the heart, and made it leap for joy. Oh, how sweet is it thus to enjoy God! The godly have, in ordinances, had such divine raptures of joy, and soul Transfigurations, that they have been carried above the world, and have despised all things here below.
Is the enjoyment of God in this life so sweet? How wicked are they who prefer the enjoyment of their lusts before the enjoyment of God! Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days’ scoffers, walking after their own lusts,2nd Peter. 3:3, “The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, the pride of life,” is the Trinity they worship. Lust is an inordinate desire or impulse, provoking the soul to that which is evil.
There is the revengeful lust and the wanton lust. Lust, like a feverish heat, puts the soul into a flame. Aristotle calls sensual lusts brutish, because, when any lust is violent, reason or conscience cannot be heard. These lusts besot and brutalize the man. Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart. Hosea. 4:11, the heart for anything that is good. How many make it their chief end, not to enjoy God, but to enjoy their lusts; as that cardinal who said, “Let him but keep his cardinalship of Paris and he was content to lose his part in Paradise.” Lust first bewitches with pleasure and then comes the fatal dart. Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life. Proverbs 7:23, This should be a flaming sword to stop men in the way of their carnal delights. Who for a drop of pleasure would drink a sea of wrath?