GOODNESS

Ps. 16:5 – Lord, I have chosen you alone as my inheritance.

You are my prize, my pleasure, and my portion.

I leave my destiny and its timing in your hands.

This is the language of someone with eyes wide open. It is impossible to see the inheritance we have in Christ until we are born again. To the lost person, the Lord represents a certain lifestyle or behavior that is not at all attractive to the unredeemed. This lost person only knows the pleasures of the world, to see Christ as a treasure or pleasurable just does not compute. This ability to perceive the loveliness of the Lord is what made David a songwriter and worshiper. All He was doing with His songs is responding to the magnificence right in front of Him. Jonathan Edwards was the same way. His messages were permeated with the enjoyment of God. Here is a glimpse from the nineteen year old Jonathan Edwards.

“The redeemed have all their objective good in God. God himself is the great good which they are brought to the possession and enjoyment of by redemption. He is the highest good, and the sum of all that good which Christ purchased. God is the inheritance of the saints; he is the portion of their souls. God is their wealth and treasure, their food, their Life, their dwelling- place, their ornament and diadem, and their everlasting honor and glory. They have none in heaven but God; he is the great good which the redeemed are received to at death, and which they are to rise to at the end of the world. The Lord God is the light of the heavenly Jerusalem; and is the “river of the water of life ” that runs, and “the tree of life that grows, in the midst of the paradise of God.” The glorious excellencies and beauty of God will be what will for ever entertain the minds of the saints, and the love of God will be their everlasting feast.”

Edwards had a grasp of the eternal world. The reason he did was that he lived in that realm so often while here on earth. He tasted the pleasures of God at his conversion, from that day on he was caught up in the pursuit of God. If enjoying God is foreign to you maybe its time for a change. Maybe its time to seek Him in your private time and to seek Him in the congregation. One taste and you will say like David, “You are my prize, my pleasure, and my portion”.

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