EXCUSE ME I ENJOYED IT
Psa. 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest He be angry,
And you perish in the way,
When His wrath is kindled but a little.
Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.
Kiss the Son, what a strange command. The strangest part of this directive is the apparent contradiction in the very nature of this demand. Kissing involves pleasure, it is more than just going through the motions. When I was a child I was taught to tell my mother “Excuse me I enjoyed it” before rising from the dinner table. For my brother and sisters, this became a family joke. Many times the meal was not exactly enjoyable (especially the liver and onions or fish sticks) but the “excuse me I enjoyed it” was mandatory or you were not getting up. That is the way it is with a forced kiss, you just cannot legislate affection. That is where the beauty and power of grace comes in. By the grace of God, Christ becomes strangely irresistible. We fall under His gracious influences and the kiss becomes our greatest pleasure, hardly an obligation. Matthew Henry attributes this pleasant experience with our newly discovered interest in the love of God.
“All gospel duty is summed up in our kissing the Son (Ps. ii. 12); so all gospel-grace is summed up in his kissing us, as the father of the prodigal kissed him when he returned a penitent. It is a kiss of peace. Thus all true believers earnestly desire the manifestations of Christ’s love to their souls; they desire no more to make them happy than the assurance of his favor, the lifting up of the light of his countenance upon them, and the knowledge of that love of his which surpasses knowledge; this is the one thing they desire. They are ready to welcome the manifestation of Christ’s love to their souls by his Spirit, and to return them in the humble professions of love to him and complacency in him, above all. The fruit of his lips is peace. Let him give me ten thousand kisses whose very fruition makes me desire him more, and, whereas all other pleasures sour and wither by using, those of the Spirit become more delightful.”
I love this last statement from Henry, “whereas all other pleasures sour and wither by using, those of the Spirit become more delightful”. The natural pleasures of this world can never gives us permanent contentment because of their tendency to sour. The new car gets a dent, the clothes are no longer in style, the girl friend or boyfriend gets boring, you know the drill. The drinking parties are empty, the drugs leave you restless, the accomplishments are hollow. The pleasures of this world are temporary and deceptive. Our hearts long for pleasure and can only be satisfied by the kiss. What have you been kissing lately? So maybe you “tried church” and it was kind of an “excuse me I enjoyed it” experience. If so it may be time to try again, this time maybe you will really enjoy it.