BLAST ALL THE GOURDS…
Psa. 36:8 They drink their fill of the abundance of Your house;
And You give them to drink of the river of Your delights.
All of us have a huge appetite for joy. Actually, it is a God-sized appetite. Just think about it, no species other than human beings has such a longing for pleasure. This longing for pleasure was created in all of us by God; it was twisted and distorted by the fall. It’s not that our desires for pleasure are too strong, they are just misdirected. Humans from the dawn of time have been hotly in pursuit of pleasure, we can’t help ourselves. It is in the very make up of our being. Charles Spurgeon spoke about the satisfying of that pursuit. Check this out.
“Blast all his gourds (like Jonah), and he will find shadow beneath the Rock of Ages; sap the foundation of his earthly hopes, but his heart will still be fixed, trusting in the Lord. The heart is as insatiable as the grave till Jesus enters it, and then it is a cup full to overflowing. There is such a fullness in Christ that he alone is the believer’s all. The true saint is so completely satisfied with the all-sufficiency of Jesus that he thirsts no more-except it be for deeper draughts of the living fountain. In that sweet manner, believer, shalt thou thirst; it shall not be a thirst of pain, but of loving desire; thou wilt find it a sweet thing to be panting after a fuller enjoyment of Jesus’ love. One in days of yore said, I have been sinking my bucket down into the well full often, but now my thirst after Jesus has become so insatiable, that I long to put the well itself to my lips, and drink right on. Is this the feeling of thine heart now, believer? Dost thou feel that all thy desires are satisfied in Jesus, and that thou hast no want now, but to know more of him, and to have closer fellowship with him? Then come continually to the fountain, and take of the water of life freely. Jesus will never think you take too much, but will ever welcome you, saying, Drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.”
Spurgeon is describing the only thing that will fulfill our thirst for joy in this life, drinking from the well of Living water provided for us when we meet Jesus. Have you been to the fountain? David called it a “river of delights”, Jesus called it a “well of living water”, and Ezekiel said “it was a river we can swim in”. Every generation has those that discover and embrace this joy of all joys that satisfies the seemingly unsatisfiable soul of man. Have you found this unseen river? If you have, you would know. Even though it can’t be seen with our natural eyes it is more real than any natural river you have ever swam in. Once you discover this river of joy, the unsatisfiable thirst in your soul will finally be slaked.